Charlotte (NC) Catholic High School star offensive lineman Henry Lawson may not have garnered the lofty recruiting rankings like some of his in-state counterparts but few can boast his reliability and production.
During a fabulous high school career, Lawson played a huge role in helping Catholic to two state championships as well as a return to the class 3AA state championship game this past season. The two-star prospect according to Scout.com plowed the way for RB Ben Herlocker- helping the East Carolina commitment tally 2,577 yards and 36 touchdowns on the year. Lawson capped off his senior season by receiving the second most votes of any player named to the AP all-state team.
Lawson committed to NC State last June and has stayed true to the Pack throughout a tumultuous 2006 season and coaching change. Through it all, his commitment has never wavered and this past weekend, Lawson made his official visit to Raleigh.
The trip was awesome," said Lawson. "John Kane was my host but we hung out with a whole group of players. I got a chance to meet the coaches and I really liked them. I knew coach Bridge from when he was at Boston College but all the staff was so nice. We all talked and they have a plan for what they want to do at NC State."
Lawson talked a little bit about the highlights of the trip.
"I got to see all the facilities and that was amazing," he said. "I had seen them before but it still amazes me at how nice they are. The food was really good- especially the buffets. I talked to a few of the players and they were telling me how much they liked the new coaches and were looking forward to playing for them."
Lawson also learned first-hand how important academics are to NC State's new coaching staff.
"I'm not sure what I want to major in right now so I'm going to do first year college," said Lawson. "But the coaches were telling us we need to put academics in front of athletics. That's something they mentioned a lot. They just wanted us to know that you're a student first and a player second."
Lawson projects as an academic qualifier.
PACK PRIDE SCOUTING REPORT: "Henry Lawson became NC State's second offensive line commitment after impressing the Wolfpack coaches during their camp held back in June. At 6-4, 280 pounds, Lawson has the long arms and frame that will likely allow him to play much bigger in college. Lining up primarily as a right tackle in high school, Lawson is explosive off of the line of scrimmage and does a good job of engaging the opposing defender and taking him out of the play. Most impressive is the fact he goes until the whistle on every play.
|"As a run blocker, his quick first step and knowledge of which way the flow of the play is going, and ends up, is impressive."|
"Having run a 5.77-second 40-yard dash at the Shrine Bowl combine earlier this year, Lawson will need to work on his quickness and speed. However, he has a tremendous work ethic and the sky is the limit once he completely fills out and spends a couple of years in the Wolfpack strength and conditioning program. " -- Pack Pride Recruiting Analyst Steve Williams
SCOUTING REPORT: "Make little mistake that this is a tremendous football player as well as an athlete. He does so many things to create up front for an offense that mixes up quite well, although they did run the ball much more than they passed a year ago.
"As a run blocker, his quick first step and knowledge of which way the flow of the play is going, and ends up, is impressive. Watch him fire out on any play - from either the right or left side of the line of scrimmage - and you will see someone who does not give up. A solid tackle, who could stay there at the next level.
"His strength as a run blocker is his ability to sustain after making the initial hit. He is strong enough to play many blocks off. He also stays low, which gives defensive players a tough time.
"On passing downs, he gets back into position quickly and has a sense for what direction to move the flow of the defensive rush pile. He wins nearly every battle up front.
"Pass blocking at the next level will be stronger and quicker than he is used to, and while I realize that he does play at a high level, there's a need to come off the ball on passing downs much faster.
"As far as his run blocking, he could emerge as one of the best in this current class because he is technically sound and very strong as well as knowing how to use bursts of quickness.
"This is someone who can play at the ACC level, and even if it's a Wake Forest or North Carolina State, expect him to be a major addition." -- MSLSports.net/Scout.com Recruiting Analyst Larry Blustein
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