Simoni Lawrence Commits To Minnesota

Simoni Lawrence, a 6-foot-1, 210-pound safety from Valley Forge Military Academy (PA) JC, has committed to Minnesota after visiting the campus this past weekend. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Lawrence to learn the latest on his college decision.

Simoni Lawrence made 107 tackles and 10 interceptions, while adding 600 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground as a freshman at Valley Forge Military Academy. He was voted JUCO Player of the Year for his league.

Lawrence received a scholarship offer from BYU, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Temple, Utah and West Virginia. He visited BYU September 7th.

Lawrence made the commitment Sunday morning after the Gophers' 45-31 loss to Purdue and told the Gopher coaches of his decision to attend Minnesota.

"They were super excited," he said.

Lawrence liked his visit to Minnesota and the campus.

"I enjoyed it a lot. I got a chance to see what the school is like. They just need a couple of top-notch defensive players," he said. "They showed that they can score. I feel that I can help out right away."

Lawrence will have three years to use up his two years of Division I eligibility. However, he is hoping to play right away as the Gophers will lose four senior defensive backs.

"That all depends on me and how I perform. We'll see what happens. They see me as a free safety or defensive back," he said.

Valley Forge Military Academy is off to a 1-2 start this season, according to Lawrence.

"We won our first game, but our starting quarterback and some offensive lineman got sick and we could not score the last two games. Our defense helped up. We play at George Mason this week. We should be back on track with everyone healthy.

Lawrence said that he hopes to major in sports management and kinesology. He would like to own a sports team or coach in the future.

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