Rashard Lawrence was probably the most dominant player in any of the Louisiana state title games over the last couple weeks.
Already ranked a four-star defensive tackle in the 2016, he’s poised to be another in the long line of heavily recruited athletes from Monroe. He has offers from LSU, Alabama, USC, Oregon, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, among others.
He’ll have his pick of just about any major program in the country when he’s ready to decide, and he’s looking forward to getting deeper into recruiting with his junior season behind him.
“The recruiting thing is very wild,” Lawrence said. “A lot of coaches are talking to me everyday on Twitter and Facebook. It’s different, but it’s something I’m proud to be able to have.”
Based on his performance in Neville’s championship-winning victory against Warren Easton, you can certainly understand why he’s on the list of LSU’s most-coveted in-state prospects. Bradley Dale Peveto leads the charge in Monroe, and Lawrence said the two speak frequently and he’s looking forward to building an even stronger relationship with him during the offseason.
Lawrence attended two LSU home games this year and also went to games at Ole Miss and Alabama. He said Tiger Stadium clearly had the best atmosphere.
“It’s great,” Lawrence said. “It’s something different. Out of all the other schools I’ve been to, it’s the loudest one obviously.”
Lawrence admits he grew up an LSU fan, but is also trying to treat all teams objectively as a recruit. An opportunity to play early will be one of his top factors, and LSU should be able to offer that. The Tigers don’t yet have a defensive tackle committed in the 2015 class with 2016 shaping up to be a big year at that position.
Lawrence is one of three in-state DTs the Tigers have already offered — Ed Alexander and Glen Logan the others — and LSU’s made it clear that Lawrence is one of their top targets.
“Whenever I went to the game and into the locker room afterward, they were just like ‘We need some more defensive linemen,’” Lawrence said. “They asked what position I played, I said D-Line and they said ‘Oh, we need you! Come on, man!’ But they did pretty good [on defense this year]. They’re still one of the top defenses in the SEC, so that’s good.”
Lawrence is high on Alabama’s board as well. Bo Davis and Billy Napier have led his recruitment, and Lawrence said he speaks to them almost every day. The Tide are certainly comfortable going into North Louisiana to recruit, and they’d like to make Lawrence the next in line to leave the state.
“Me and Denzel Devall worked out this past summer,” Lawrence said. “He’s talking to me about it. He’s trying to get me to come there. He’s telling me that Cam [Robinson] and Hootie [Jones] would really look out for me if I do make the decision to go there.”
LSU and Alabama both figure to be in the mix as Lawrence starts to narrow down his recruitment. He also said that USC will be high on his list.
“I’m about to hop into basketball now, but I’m going to pick up in recruiting and get a Top 5 or Top 10, something like that…I couldn’t tell you which [junior days I’ll attend] right now, but I’ll definitely be out and about.”
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