Moving up the board

Kenny Lawler Jr. won't be making a final decision until after his five official visits and he's still a soft verbal to Arizona State, but it appears the Nebraska Cornhuskers are making up ground. The junior and his father made the trip to Lincoln on Monday and Tuesday and talked with Big Red Report about it today.

"We got there about midnight and were up early on Monday morning to work out," said Lawler Sr. Kenny had worked out at the Nike Air Camp on Saturday and USC on Sunday before coming to Nebraska.

"Then on Tuesday, it was a just tour and last night we hoped on a plane and came back. So we are both a little tired, him definitely more than me," said Kenny Lawler Sr. "He's not used to flying, following by workouts, and stuff. So he's exhausted.

"The camp was good. The coaches came away impressed."

On Monday, after being warmed up by Nebraska strength and conditioning coach James Dobson, Lawler was put through drills by wide receiver's coach Rich Fisher. After a few timed forties and routes with the quarterbacks in attendance, Lawler was done with the day.

"That was pretty much it, they just wanted to see him in person move around the field and stuff. They all came away very impressed," said Lawler's father. "They have a verbal from one receiver and have about ten kids on their board at the position. Kenny was No. 2, but they told him since he visited and worked out, he was now their number one guy.They said they want him and they will wait on him to make a decision. They said he's got a lot of upside and can get bigger, faster, and stronger in their program, becoming a great player."

It's one thing to offer a scholarship to a player, but another when the player finds out he is a No. 1 target, for Lawler, it grabbed his attention.

"He was excited about it and we talked with Coach Pelini again before we left. He reiterated the fact that they were really happy he came to visit and that they want him to be part of the Nebraska football program," said Lawler Sr. "They would like to see him come in for an official visit in the fall. They said they would not be putting any pressure on him to make a decision right away."

While the 2012 prospect heard everything he needed on the football side of things, the rest of his experience might have even been better.

"The number on thing that stood out to him, we did the whole tour, was the academics program they have set up for sports," said Kenny's father. "It was an eye opener. Nebraska is number one in the nation in producing Academic All-Americans (he pointed out they have more than Stanford). Neither one of us knew that. It was impressive and spoke volumes of what they try to do to get kids graduated and set up for life.

"I have been to a lot of colleges and programs, but academically that is the best one I have seen."

The soon to be senior has plans to try to narrow down his list this summer, getting to his final five schools before the fall. He will then take his official visits and decide there.

In other recruiting news to pass along, Lawler will be visiting SMU on an unofficial visit in early July and was offered by Colorado today.

Josh Harvey has covered college football and recruiting for Fox Sports & since 2008. He is now the Publisher of Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics.
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