Lawrence Has Good Relationship With Henderson

One of the top defensive tackles in the nation is Monroe (Neville), La. defensive tackle Rashard Lawrence. He measured 6-3, 305 pounds at The NIke Opening Regional in Dallas and is fresh off a 2014 season that ended in the Super Dome with Lawrence and his Neville teammates taking a 5A state championship over Warren Easton Charter, and Lawrence was a huge contributor with three sacks in the game.

"Competition, you know competition breeds success and it really brings out the best in you," Lawrence said when we spoke to him at Arlington Lamar's Cravens Field.

Lawrence was looking forward to the competition from that day as he was one of the standouts in the one-on-one drills with the top offensive linemen.

Lawrence showed good quick feet off the snap of the ball and his pass rush moves showed variety with a duck under that works well, several variations of a spin move, and a bull rush that also worked in competition. The video can be seen on Scout and you'll find it by searching for Rashard Lawrence.

"Foot work and speed, that is what I do best," said Lawrence, who had a 4.87 on his shuttle at the regional and he threw the power ball over 40 feet. "The thing that helps me going against bigger defenders is my combination of size and quickness. If you can beat them on the edge and they can't get their hands on you then you're going to win a lot of battles."

The Open Regional was a big deal to him and throughout the day you could sense his excitement.

"They said that was the best regional camp they (Nike) had ever had in the history of it," Lawrence said with pride. "We had so many guys with so many offers."

You can include him in that list with lots of offers as Oklahoma State has offered along with Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, California, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Louisville, LSU, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Miami, Ohio State, OU, Oregon, Texas, TCU, Texas Tech, USC, and Washington among others.

"I have a good relationship with Coach Henderson," Lawrence said. "He recruits me and we haven't talked in awhile, but Oklahoma State I visited this summer, actually I went to Oklahoma and Oklahoma State and those were pretty good visits.

"I probably won't do anything until after the season. You know, it is dragging down a lot right now and I don't have any favorites or anything. I'm going to stay open and find the best fit for me. For me it's about the players (in looking for a school) and having a good relationship with the players and talking to them and making sure the position coach is going to get the best out of his players."

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