Trojans' Lawson to play for NMSU

Mayfield High School senior Jeremy Lawson will play for the New Mexico State football team next season. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Lawson said Thursday he has committed to the Aggie program.

Lawson, who was named All-State on both offense and defense this year, was a part of three straight Class AAAAA State runner-up teams at Mayfield.

He played wide receiver during his sophomore and junior seasons and quarterback this past season. He will be a receiver for the Aggies. "I really feel comfortable with the situation at NMSU," Lawson said. "I have some friends there. It's close to home. The coaches were real good with me. They were honest. They said this is who we are and I liked that."

This season as a quarterback, Lawson rushed for 863 yards and passed for 1,072 more, while also starting at free safety.

During his junior season, Lawson caught 46 balls for 938 yards and 15 touchdowns, while as a sophomore he caught 22 passes for 341 yards. "He's one of the best athletes I've had," Mayfield head coach Jim Bradley said. "He's a very dedicated athlete in every aspect.

This past year showed a lot about him. He made the switch from receiver to quarterback and he got better all the time. It was enjoyable to see him get better and his attitude was supreme. New Mexico State was looking at him as a receiver and he'll do fine in that area.

He runs great routes. He doesn't have that blazing speed, but he is very smart and he knows the game well."

Lawson will be teamed up with former Mayfield receiver Tim Tolbert. Tolbert, who played as a redshirt freshman in 2003, saw more playing time as the season went on and finished with five catches for 75 yards.

"It'll be nice to see both those guys playing together," Bradley said. Lawson said he is happy that he will be a wide receiver.

"I feel I could play a good role on the team," Lawson said. "I really like the idea of playing receiver. I liked quarterback in high school. That was fun. But receiver will be a good spot for me. If I can go in and help the team next year, I want to do it.

If I can't help the team, then I should take a year and learn. Coach Mauer (Mark, NMSU receiver's coach) said he would be honest with me. I know they lost some receivers at NMSU. I'll go in and give it my best shot. I have to get stronger."

Lawson said he was also being recruited by New Mexico, Texas-El Paso and New Mexico Highlands. "The hardest part was calling the other teams and telling them of my decision," Lawson said. "But I'm happy with my decision. New Mexico State was very close last year. They lost some close games. I think they have some really good players."

Lawson will sign his national letter of intent next month. College coaches are forbidden by NCAA rules from commenting on a player until he officially signs with a school.


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