The Player: Dwayne Lawson is a dual-threat quarterback at Hillsborough High in Tampa.
As a Prospect: At 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds, he already has ideal size for a major college quarterback prospect. He has the arm talent to make just about every throw on the field. His arm strength is tremendous and he simply needs work refining his mechanics. His release tends to be a bit long, which was OK in high school but it's something he will have to clean up once he gets to the college level. A three-sport standout, Lawson has a tremendous amount of athletic ability. Not only can he avoid the pass rush on a regular basis, he has the foot speed (and long strides) to make a lot of things happen with his feet. It's been a very long time since the Hurricanes signed a quarterback with this much running ability. His accuracy is a bit inconsistent at times but again, that has a lot to do with his mechanics. He's raw and will need a year or so in the system to really be college-ready.
On The Field: While leading Hillsborough to a 9-2 record and a berth in the state playoffs this season, Lawson completed 58-percent for his passes for 2,444 yards. He threw for 21 touchdowns and just three interceptions. He also ran for 867 yards and 17 touchdowns making him one of the state's most productive quarterbacks this fall.
As a Recruit: Lawson made an early commitment to the Hurricanes back in the spring and hasn't mentioned taking any other visits. He had scholarship offers from schools like Florida, Ohio State, Tennessee, Georgia, Nebraska, and Mississippi State at the time of his commitment so he was being recruited like one of the state's top quarterback prospects.
Bottom Line: The Hurricanes have their quarterback of the future in Brad Kaaya. Lawson has that type of upside but is a lot more raw at the same age as Kaaya. It's likely that Lawson will redshirt in 2015 and then be considered the quarterback of the future after Kaaya is gone.