He’s a 2018 prospect. Yes, 2018. But a few months removed from his freshman year at Harding Academy. Most soon-to-be high school sophomores are concerned with, in no particular order, dating, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and dating.
Lawrence? Well, he’s living the life of an elite football talent. He’s anchored the left side of the Lion offensive line since 8th grade, and he’s widely considered one of the top, if not best overall, offensive linemen in his class.
So you can understand why colleges are already beating down his door. The 6-foot-3, 277-pound tackle holds offers from, among others, Ole Miss, Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Oklahoma, Mississippi State, Texas, Clemson and Southern Cal. Name a school, he’s probably got an offer.
“I’m just going with the flow,” he said.
He’s certainly been busy this summer. June is the camp month for most every major college, and Lawrence was on the road for the bulk of it. His visits included Ole Miss, Texas, Auburn, Alabama and Clemson.
“I’m going to the schools I know I’m going to be interested in, and eventually I’ll compare them and stuff like that and make a decision,” he said.
For now, his recruitment is little more than a feeling-out process. Think of it as Lawrence trying to get a better idea of what the landscape will be like once his clock does start.
Not that he doesn’t have an idea of what he’s looking for in a school. Quite the opposite, actually. He’s ahead of the game.
“A good, Christian environment,” Lawrence said. “A good offensive line coach. I want to see if I’m going to play tackle at the university, and also just smaller stuff - campus, facilities, etc. That’s in the smaller area.”
Lawrence doesn’t have any favorites yet. He’ll get to a Top 5 when he gets to it. Again, we’re talking years here. But there are a few schools that have done a good job of wooing him so far.
“Ole Miss is one that’s standing out a lot,” Lawrence said. “I mean, this isn’t a top three or anything, but Clemson’s stood out a lot. Auburn. I’m still going through it, still thinking it over.”
Ole Miss was 9-4 last season, including an appearance in the Chik-fil-A Peach Bowl in December. Lawrence was in attendance for the Rebels’ elite camp the first week in June.
“The coaching staff is great. Good, Christian coaches,” Lawrence said. “The campus is beautiful. They can coach good, and they can develop you as a player, too.”