Towson (Md.) Calvert Hall 2015 wide receiver Lawrence Cager is having quite the month. The 6-foot-5, 200-pounder has blown up on the recruiting trail this summer and added four big-time offers to his list last week.
“I got offered by Virginia Tech, Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky,” said Cager, who also holds offers from Maryland, Wake Forest, and Rutgers among others. “It is definitely exciting to see my hard work paying off, but I am just taking everything in right now.”
Although he does not have an official list at this point, Cager said Ohio State, Michigan, Alabama, and Tennessee are the four programs at the front of his mind.
“Alabama will always be a top school in mind for me. Coach [Nick] Saban is coach Saban, he is a legendary. He knows how to win, and build great teams…they really have a power house program," Cager said. "Then Tennessee, that is the real wide receiver university, and Ohio State was one of my dream schools growing up, and I really like Michigan too.”
The Cardinals standout hit the road last week for a series of workouts, camps and visits, beginning with Virginia Tech, where Cager picked up his first offer of the week.
“It [the offer] was a highly expected. I have been hearing from coach [Aaron] Morehead for a while now,” Cager said. “The campus was great. I was walking around with Kendall Fuller and Melvin Keihn. It was just a great experience, and a familiar place to me. It felt like a real family environment.
“Mook Reynolds [2015 Virginia Tech defensive back commit] was trying to get me to commit, but I am not thinking about that yet, but the whole experience was great,” Cager said. “The campus, the camp, the facilities, plus I got a lot a of good coaching.”
Cager’s next stop was Alabama, where he put on a show and earned high praise from both the coaching staff and the current Alabama players.
“I worked with coach [Lane] Kiffin and coach [Billy] Napier the most, just going over routes, offensive schemes, meetings, going over playbook and stuff like that, it was a great experience," Cager said. "After camp coach [Nick] Saban told me he would call me in the next couple days, and I got a call yesterday from coach [Lane] Kiffin telling me I got the offer.”
Although Cager thought he performed well at the camp, he was still surprised when got the call from Kiffin Sunday night.
“I wasn’t expecting it [the offer], but I was really excited,” Cager said. “Coach [Lane] Kiffin said he is looking forward to coaching me in the future, and he thinks I’m one of the best wide receivers he has seen at my height since he has been coaching so that really meant a lot to me.”
In addition to working with Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin and wide receivers coach Billy Napier, Cager spent some time working with Alabama wide receivers Amari Cooper and Christion Jones.
“He [Cooper] said he liked how I use my body, and he thinks I’m one of the best big receivers that has seen in the country,” Cager said. "He [Cooper] was giving me pointers about college school and how to handle the pressure if I ever get as big as he is and stuff. He told me that if I come to Alabama its all about business, and just to work hard.”
He added: “It is just a true family environment, coach [Nick] Saban, coach [Lane] Kiffin and coach [Billy] Napier, they all accepted me there as one of the players.”
While Cager was impressed with Alabama, he also had high praise for Tennessee and he is well aware that the Volunteers have a history of producing talented wide outs.
“Tennessee was great. I really loved the campus and coach Butch [Jones],” said Cager. “He [Jones] is a very down to Earth guy. He told me I can call him any time `about anything, whenever I need to…or even if I just want to talk.
Cager added: “Tennessee is the real wide receiver University, and they put out great wide outs every year so that is definitely in the back of my mind.”
The final stop on Cager’s tour was Kentucky. Since Mark Stoops took over the helm, the Wildcats have successfully plucked several commits out of the talent-rich DMV area, and Cager said he is impressed with the direction of the program.
“It was great just to hang out with long time friends like Kobie Walker [UK 2014 signee] Darius [Fullwood] and Jabari [Greenwood],” Cager said. “They were telling me some great stuff about the program.
“It seems like Kentucky is building towards a winning program,” Cager said. “They just brought in the wide recievers coach from Texas Tech [Tommy Mainord], and they are bringing back the air-raid offense, which is a system that has been successful before.
“They are getting guys like Jabari [Greenwood], who I could play with and we know how to play with each other,” Cager said. “They [Kentucky] are bringing the whole DMV movement, guys who want to play with each other, down there so it would definitely be a great environment.”
Up next for Cager is a trip to Ohio State for the Buckeyes’ ‘Friday Night Lights’ camp, and he also hopes to check out Michigan at some point this summer as well.
“I just grew up an Ohio State fan. That [Ohio State] was my dream school growing up, so if I get offered by them it would definitely be a top school,” said Cager, who is also hearing from the Wolverines’ staff. “Michigan is right up there too, if they offered they would definitely be a school I would highly consider too.”
As far as a decision goes, Cager said he doesn’t plan on making one anytime soon.
“I plan on waiting to commit, probably sometime in the middle of my season or if I get invited to an All-Star game or something like that.”
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