Following his performance at Ohio State’S Friday Night Lights event, the Baltimore Calvert Hall three-star wide receiver was chowing down with his fellow participants when the Ohio State coaching staff let him know he had a scholarship offer to play for the Buckeyes.
“They came to my table and were like, ‘Hey, Lawrence, we forgot to tell you – you have an offer to play here at Ohio State,’” he said. “I almost spit out my cheeseburger in front of a couple kids. I didn’t know how to react. It was a funny experience.”
It continued a rampant run for Cager, who has now been offered by Alabama, Kentucky, Ohio State and Tennessee over the past week. However, he said the Buckeyes offer was “definitely the highlight” of the quartet and proclaimed Ohio State to be the leader in his recruitment at this point.
Although it was an offer he badly wanted, he said he wasn’t upset when it didn’t come during the camp. Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer had promised him a meeting after the camp was over – Cager just didn’t expect it at the table.
When asked what he looked for in a school, Cager mentioned the chance to win national championships and Big Ten titles, but he also had some other qualities in mind.
“Ohio State is a great academic school and has the largest alumni base in the country, so you build those connections with the alumni so you can get jobs after (football), and that’s a big thing,” he said.
He’s also looking for something else in a potential landing spot – the chance to play with highly touted quarterback Torrance Gibson, who was visiting Columbus for the first time at Friday Night Lights.
“We’re trying to go to the same school, and we’ve been talking a lot,” Cager said. “I think he loves it. A lot of schools really aren’t recruiting him as a quarterback, and I think Ohio State is one of the schools that really wants him as a quarterback. Me and him are going to continue to talk. I think he loves it at Ohio State.
“At The Opening, me and Torrance just hit it off. We always crack jokes on each other. That’s like my guy. We built a relationship in a week that some people build in like a year. Me and Torrance just hit it off right there, and it’s a great relationship to have – somebody that wants to play with you, and especially a quarterback that wants to play with you and thinks you’re a top receiver in the country.”
For now, Cager is sticking with his plan to commit at an All-American game in January, but he said he may notify the winning school earlier. There are still more schools that he’d like to visit and get an offer from, including USC and Michigan – although he had a different name for the Wolverines.
“The Troy Smith era, (Ohio State) was my favorite team growing up, so I’m used to calling them The Team Up North,” he said.