Following his QB's lead, Lawrence commits

Once quarterback Trevor Siemian committed to Northwestern, his first order of business was coaxing high school teammate Rashad Lawrence -- a wide receiver -- into doing the same. Lo and behold, that's just what happened. Inside, see what Siemian and Lawrence had to say about Lawrence's commitment and the sales pitch from QB to wideout.

If the connection between Trevor Siemian and Rashad Lawrence is really this good, Northwestern fans will have reason to cheer for years to come.

First off, the news: Three-star Florida receiver Rashard Lawrence committed to Northwestern Saturday, becoming the fourth commit of the 2010 class.

"We just went on a visit there (Friday)," Lawrence said. "It was great. I fell in love with everything. They took us around the campus. I talked to all the coaches. It was a nice experience. I called them (Saturday) and committed."

The 6-1, 190-pound Lawrence joins linebacker Collin Ellis, running back Shontrelle Johnson and...Siemian, who happens to Lawrence's quarterback at Orlando's Olympia High School.

Siemian may have already proven himself as a valuable member of NU's program. After all, he was acting as a de facto salesman for the school in trying to coax Lawrence into joining him in Evanston.

Last week, Siemian told Purple Reign, "I'm in his ear about getting him to commit too. That'd be awesome. We're really good buddies, and I just keep telling him how cool that'd be to play high school football together and then college football together. I don't know how many guys in the country can say that they've gotten to do that."

Well, there will be at least two more now. And recalling what Siemian said last week, he was confident his teammate would be joining him at NU.

"(Lawrence) is a bright kid," Siemian said. "I know he's interested in a good school. Plus receivers always want to catch the ball, and they throw it a lot up there at Northwestern. I wouldn't be surprised if he committed when he went up there."

That's exactly what Lawrence did. And just as Siemian was unabashed about selling NU to Lawrence, the wideout made no bones about how nice it will be having Siemian around as well.

"Trevor committing there was like icing on the cake," Lawrence said. "That's my boy. That helped a lot. I'm done with camps. I'm ready to get locked in for my senior season."

Last season Lawrence, who runs a 4.5 40, had 45 catches, 637 yards and five touchdowns. According to Scout, he is the No. 130 receiver in the nation and was the second-highest rated receiver still being pursued by Northwestern.

Mike Bakas contributed to this story.

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