Blake Lawrence says he is a Husker

It took a little more time than what Blake Lawrence expected, but the decision was finally made about which school to attend. Lawrence announced his intentions to become a Cornhusker this morning and put on a Nebraska hat. The standout linebacker from Shawnee Mission (Kan.) West is now part of the Nebraska class of 2007.

This morning at 7:15 A.M., Blake Lawrence announced his intentions to play for Nebraska. The process has actually gone a lot longer than originally projected by Blake, but it ended today with him being a Husker.

"I am going to be a Cornhusker," Lawrence said. "I have let my family know, my coaches know and those close to me know. In 2007, I will be enrolled and playing football at the University of Nebraska."

"I couldn't be anymore excited about it. I don't look at this as a final step to my high school career. I look at this as the first step in my college career."

Lawrence was thorough going through the process. There were multiple trips and loads of questions to make sure that the decision the he made was 100% to that school. There were the aesthetic differences, but above that there was the feeling that Lawrence felt on campus in Lincoln.

"It's going to be the obvious benefits that Nebraska has to sell you on. They have the environment, they have the facilities. The only thing that you have to get is that feeling. That feeling in your heart that this is the place you aspire to be at. The level you aspire to compete at."

"That's a feeling that I really got the first time that I visited Nebraska, before the spring game, at junior day. That was before an offer. It took me a couple of visits to get an offer. It's not something that can be given to you by someone. It's something that you have to feel."

A perceived, difficult part of this decision could be that his brother will be at an oppositing, division foe in Kansas. Lawrence explained that there wasn't anything but support from his older brother through this process even when it meant that younger brother wouldn't be following older brother.

"I think everyone saw this coming. Inside the family everyone knew that I liked Nebraska. I talked to my brother this weekend and again last night. He is excited for me. He has loved to see me grow through this entire process."

"We are going to be following eachother for the next four to five years. Fortunately we will only have to play eachother four times when we are on opposing sidelines. It won't be the most pleasant of games to our friends or family, but it could be a great experience."

While those might be some uncomfortable moments for friends and fmaily in the crowd when Blake suits up to chase down Tyler, there wasn't a hint of diappointment from Lawrence's family and friends with his decision. It was his decision which he presented to them.

"As far as someone being disappointed? Absolutely not. My parents have been supportive throughout the entire process. They were excited to see me have a final decision and make it on my own. I mean, I really did. It's not something like I conferenced. I told them that this is what I wanted to do and they understood that. They respect my decision."

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