What to Like: At 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds, Lawson already has prototypical size for a major college quarterback prospect. He's well built and has a strong physical presence on the field. He's coming off an outstanding junior season on the field for Hillsborough High in Tampa. He finished the year with over 2,000 yards passing, over 1,000 rushing, 31 total touchdowns, and just six interceptions. He has a live arm that enables him to make most of the throws on the field. He improved his accuracy tremendously from his sophomore to his junior season. He takes good care of the football and doesn't make a whole lot of mistakes out there. His running ability is tremendous, especially for a kid who stands 6-foot-4. He comes from a strong prep program in Tampa that is coached by a legend (Earl Garcia). Lawson has a lot of the physical tools needed to become a quality college quarterback.
What may concern you: As good as Lawson was as a junior, he struggled a lot as a first time starter his sophomore year. He actually threw more interceptions than touchdowns so it's not like he's been lighting up opposing defenses for a few years now like some top quarterback prospects. And while he turned in a strong junior season, he has struggled on the team's biggest stage. He turned in a poor performance in the team's playoff loss in 2012. Against the team's top defense in 2013 (Armwood), Lawson completed just four passes, threw two interceptions, and was unable to get his team into the endzone. He is unproven when the stage is the biggest.
Bottom Line: In terms of the physical talent, Lawson ranks among the top three or four quarterback prospects in the whole state. He is one of three in-state quarterbacks with an offer from the Hurricanes in a year when they'll likely take just one (especially since they took two in the 2014 class). Lawson also had offers from schools like Tennessee, Ohio State, Nebraska, and Florida State so he was being recruited like a 4-star prospect. He's another dual-threat quarterback addition for the Canes (something James Coley seems to prefer considering).
Interestingly, just a few weeks ago Lawson told Scout that he won't make a decision until after his senior season and his top four choices didn't even include Miami at the time. This was sort of spur-of-the-moment, which means other schools will likely continue actively recruiting him. It's probably far from over, which means you'll likely see the Canes continue to pursue other in-state quarterback prospects like Torrance Gibson and Christian Alexander.
Lawson is Miami's 11th commitment in the 2015 class, and their fifth who's getting recruited like a 4-star prospect.