Former Va Tech QB Dwayne Lawson transferring to Illinois

Illini add former highly-recruited Virginia Tech quarterback

Illinois has found its transfer quarterback.

A source confirmed that the Illini took a commitment from former Virginia Tech quarterback Dwayne Lawson, who spent the 2016 season at Garden City Community College in Kansas.

Lawson, a former three-star recruit by and four star by other services, will be immediately eligible and have three years to use his two years of eligibility. The 6-foot-6, 230-pound dual-threat quarterback will not arrive at Illinois until July.

Lawson told Illini Inquirer he had planned to transfer to Illinois from Virginia Tech but that "the NCAA suggested that I spent two semesters at JuCo." He told Illini Inquirer that he picked Illinois due to "them sticking with me throughout all this time, and trusting Coach McGee."

Lawson had issues at Virginia Tech. He transferred in August -- he participated in one fall practice -- after sliding down the depth chart during spring practice. He also failed a drug test, according to the Roanoke Times, and was set to face a suspension had he remained with the team.

The 6-foot-6, 231-pound Tampa, Fla., native caught the eye of Illinois offensive coordinator Garrick McGee, who has recruited Lawson since his transfer from Virginia Tech.

Lawson didn't arrive at Garden City until partway through training camp was the second most used quarterback at Garden City this past season, completing 22 of 41 passes for 354 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions. He also ran for 188 yards and three touchdowns on 54 carries.

In 2015 against Virginia Tech, Lawson saw time in the Hokies' game against Furman in 2015 and was the official backup to Brenden Motley after Michael Brewer's injury. In the Furman game, Lawson ran for 51 yards and a touchdown and threw for 51 more. But he had just four more yards rushing the rest of the season.

After the Hokies signed junior college transfer Jérod Evans and freshman Josh Jackson, Lawson was relegated to the fourth string.


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