Trevor Lawrence hears from Tennessee coaches “a good bit.” Expect that to turn into “a few times a day” over the next two years.
The Scout five-star prospect from Cartersville (Ga.) High School has franchise quarterback skills and coaches in Knoxville have an opportunity to land Lawrence if they put in the time. First-year Tennessee offensive coordinator Mike DeBord is in charge of selling Big Orange Country to the right-hander presently.
“I talk to them about every other week,” Lawrence told InsideTennessee. “(DeBord) is a cool guy; he’s real laid back.”
Lawrence took in two Tennessee games this fall, seeing the Volunteers fall in double overtime to Oklahoma and come from behind to beat Georgia. Both games at Neyland Stadium were sellouts with 102,455 in attendance each Saturday.
“It was awesome. It was loud. It’s a great stadium. It’s a good place,” said Lawrence, who also saw the Orange & White take on Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
The 6-foot-6, 185-pounder’s first offer came from Colorado State in April and his most recent came via Vanderbilt on Monday. Clemson and Georgia have the inside track alongside Tennessee to sign Lawrence, who is a Scout 100 member in the 2018 class.
“Really just a good environment that I like and somewhere I can see myself going to school if I didn’t play football. And obviously a good football team with good coaches. That’s pretty much it.”
With orange in his blood, Lawrence admits that he is considering a career on Rocky Top. Like many other teenagers that play football, the five-star is also a Peyton Manning fan.
“I was a fan of Tennessee,” said Lawrence, who was born in Knoxville. “That doesn’t really impact my decision as much, but I was definitely a fan of (Manning) and that’s a school I like. We’ll just have to see. It’s a lot going on. It’s getting kind of confusing right now.”
The tall right-hander is fast becoming a big name in the Peach State and opposing coaches tried to crank up the pressure on him this season rather than sitting back and allowing him to pick their defenses apart, including his season more blitzes.
“I think so a little bit because last year that was one of my weaknesses not being able to get rid of the ball and trying to get out of the pocket all the time,” Lawrence said. “This year, I’m a lot better at stepping up and making the throw and not getting hit.”
Last weekend, Cartersville defeated three-time defending champion Buford 10-0 in the GHSA Class AAAA state title game to complete the Hurricanes' 15-0 season. Lawrence completed 11 of 23 passes for 141 yards with a 5-yard touchdown.