The recruiting cycle continues to start earlier and earlier for teenage football players showing unteachable skills that stick out in film study.
Brant Lawless is a defensive tackle at Nashville Christian School that’s turned plenty of heads — as a prep sophomore. That coaching staff in Knoxville believes in the Scout four-star prospect’s ability and has an offer on the table.
Alongside Tennessee, Auburn, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Ole Miss and Mississippi State are Southeastern Conference schools that have issued scholarship offers.
Daniel Bituli carried home a Tennessee Titans Mr. Football award and a state championship trophy this month. Part of the reason the Scout four-star linebacker was able to accomplish both feats is the work done in front of him by his NCS teammate.
“Brant is an aggressive player,” Bituli told InsideTennessee. “He’s 100-percent every single play.
“We wouldn’t be able to get these W’s if we didn’t have Brant Lawless.”
At times, even a pair of blockers aren’t enough to keep Lawless from penetrating into the offensive backfield.
“He’s taking on 2-3 blocks a play,” Bituli said. “That’s a lot of help right there. I’m thankful for him.”
The 6-foot-2, 296-pounder has the inside track on being the Volunteer State’s No. 1-rated defensive lineman in the 2018 class.
In the Eagles' 42-14 win over Greenback in the 2015 TSSAA Division I Class 1A state championship on Dec. 4 at Tucker Stadium in Cookeville, Lawless held down the interior of the NCS defense that kept its foe to 246 total yards. The four-star also recovered a fumble that gold-ball hoisting afternoon.
Jeff Brothers is the coach that led NCS to its first-ever state title. Brothers claim that Lawless and future Volunteer ‘backer Bituli had a lot to do with that.
“To have those two right in the middle of the front,” Brothers told IT, “you’ve got account for Brant with more than one player. So if you double-team or triple-team the nose guard, the MIKE linebacker right behind him can go make plays. That’s a tribute to Brant’s unselfishness as well. I think that just permeates through our team. It doesn’t matter who makes plays, just that they get made. And for those two guys to line up in the middle, it’s pretty formidable for any offense to get through.
“Those two guys in the middle, they’re the anchor there for sure.”