4-star CB back from Miami visit

This past weekend, the Hurricanes hosted George County HS (MS) cornerback Alonzo Lawrence for his official visit. Read on to find out where he is at in his recruitment following the visit and where he might be going on National Signing Day.

The next week is going to be a busy one for George County High School's Alonzo Lawrence. He will be hosting the coaches from each team remaining in his top three. Those three schools include Ole Miss, Miami, and Alabama.

"After all of the coaches come in, he'll sit down and weigh all of his options before he makes his decision," Al Jones, Lawrence's head coach said. "We'll be having something (at George County HS) on signing day, but Alonzo might make a decision before that, maybe Friday, it all depends on where he is at following these coaching visits."

Lawrence's schedule will be full. Today, he met with Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt. Tomorrow he'll host the Miami Hurricanes and on Wednesday he concludes with Alabama. The three schools couldn't be more even for Lawrence according to Jones.

"All of those places will give him a good education and he'll be able to make the transition at any of them," Jones said. "He just needs to feel comfortable at any school. He is going to have to spend a lot of time with the players and coaches, so he needs to have a bond with them, especially his head coach and position coach. Those coaches are going to be the guys that help him work with his transition to that level, so it is important he feels comfortable."

Lawrence has been a late riser, so to speak, nationally. It began against Ocean Springs High School when Lawrence shut down 6-foot-6 wide receiver DeAndre Brown (Currently Scout.com's #3 rated wide receiver). Then during the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Classic, Lawrence shut down the nation's number one player, Foley High School (AL) wide receiver Julio Jones.

"People talk about the game against (Julio Jones) in the All-Star game, but people don't talk about what happened in our last ball game," Jones said. "He went up against DeAndre Brown and shut him down also. Straight up man-to-man lock down corner on the two of the best in the nation and shut them down. That speaks for itself."

Jones continued.

"He pretty much shut (Julio Jones) down," Jones said. "He also picked a pass off, which turned the football game around. He was the MVP in that game and it was much deserved."

While nationally, Lawrence is getting recognized, locally he has been heralded all season long. He has been on Crimson Tide's radar early on.

"Alabama was recruiting him since midway through the season as has Ole Miss and (Southern Mississippi)," Jones said. "He ruled Southern Miss out early and has since applied himself to qualify at bigger schools. He was picked up for the (All-Star) games, went to them and since then LSU been tracking him."

Jones has coached football for 25 years, 18 of which have been at George County HS. He has been he head coach for the past seven years. He has coached several division one prospects including former Mississippi State and Buffalo Bill wide receiver Eric Moulds and Southern Mississippi standout defensive tackle John Nix. Jones sees some similarities between Lawrence and Moulds.

"He reminds me of Eric Moulds in terms of speed," Jones said. "He doesn't mind contact at all. He can play both ways. He is a lock down type against great receivers. He played both ways here. He was a defensive player first, and then we brought him over to offense and ended up being my main receiver."

"He is a great kid and great talent," Jones said. "He loves life, I'd almost call him silly, but he likes to have a good time. When he takes to the football field, he is a serious, very intense player."

Lawrence recorded 91 tackles, (74 solo), seven forced fumbles, two fumbles recoveries, two fumbles returned for touchdowns and two interceptions. He recorded 30 passes for 772 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also returned five kick-offs and one punt for touchdowns on the season.

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