Position: Defensive Tackle
Size: 6-3, 310
High School: Neville HS
Hometown: Monroe, La.
Anytime you're the No. 1 player at your position in Louisiana, you can bet the Tigers will be coming hard after ya and that's what LSU did. The staff landed the No. 21 overall player in the Scout100 Rashard Lawrence over Ohio State as well as Alabama, Auburn, Florida State and plenty more. Lawrence is a guy you can certainly build around and he is expected to play immediately.
Outlook in 2016-17
Even with Ed Alexander now on campus for the Tigers, LSU can't have enough big, physical defensive lineman especially with the team moving to a 3-4 defense that requires bigger bodies. Lawrence has the perfect size to play right away and Les Miles specifically called out the likes of Lawrence in his first press conference saying he expects the big man to contribute right away.
Lawrence had the edge on Alexander by being able to be on campus this summer and workout with the team as well so the learning curve should be a little less for the big guy.
His strength is in the run game where he's able to fire off the ball quickly and pushing linemen back and that quickness, coupled with his strength should have him playing plenty of snaps for the Tigers this fall.
One area where Lawrence has to improve coming out of high school is his pass rushing. While he's not going to be asked to rack up sacks and Dave Aranda's defense uses pressure to confuse offenses and create panic, he's got to push the pocket.
In a 3-4, Lawrence will be asked to control the middle and allow linebackers to make plays. That's something that's right up his alley and starting off behind Davon Godchaux will allow Lawrence to get quality reps while not having to be an every down player.
The backup nose tackle in this scheme are just as important as the first-string guy with the way offenses run at a high-tempo today and Lawrence is going to be about as good as they come for LSU.