Blake Lawrence has an offer from Tech

Overland Park, Kansas (Shawnee Mission West) linebacker Blake Lawrence ranks among the top prospects, not only in the state of Kansas, but in the entire Midlands.

Blake Lawrence Profile

This past weekend, the six-foot-three, 205-pounder made his way to Lincoln, Nebraska for an unofficial visit to catch one of the Huskers spring practices.

"Nebraska's facilities and tradition are very prestigous," Lawrence said. "The coaches presented everything very well, and I'd love to receive an offer as it is a school I'm very interested in. They spoke about the game atmosphere, the amount of fans, and just the overall intensity. It was really a great experience."

While the Huskers have not, yet, offered Lawrence, he has received offers from Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Michigan State, Texas Tech, Colorado State, and Ball State.

"I'm wide open, but the schools I have the most interest in right now are Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Michigan State, Texas Tech, Nebraska, and Wisconsin," Lawrence stated.

In 11 games this past season, Lawrence recorded 77 tackles (53 solo), eight tackles for loss, three sacks, and one forced fumble.

This coming season, Lawrence will replace his older brother, Tyler, as the starting quarterback, in addition, to his duties at linebacker.

"I think Blake has a chance to be an even better quarterback than Tyler," said head coach Tim Callaghan. "He's a bigger build with a little more arm strength, and obviously he is a terrific athlete."

Lawrence had previously taken visits to Kansas, Kansas State, and Missouri. He offered his thoughts on each school.

"My brother, Tyler, signed with Kansas this past February. Kansas has a real good standing on my list, and I have a great deal of familiarity with their coaching staff," added Lawrence, who scored a 23 on the ACT as a seventh grader. "It is a program on the rise, and their facilities get better every year. Coach (Mike) Mallory is their new linebacker coach, and I was real impressed with how he coaches his guys."

"I love the Kansas State coaching staff. They are all young and energetic. Coach (Raheem) Morris has done a great job of recruiting me. He constantly stays in contact. Coach (Matt) Wallerstedt has also taken time to communicate with me. He told me I would play the weakside backer position for them."

"Missouri is the only school that has mentioned playing quarterback. Depending on how interested I become in playing the position this fall, that could be something I really consider. Coach (Andy) Hill is a young coach who does a good job of recruiting me."

Lawrence also plans to attend a one day camp at Wisconsin this summer.

"I know Coach (Dave) Doeren from when he recruited my brother at Kansas, and he told me they want to see me in camp in order to make an offer," Lawrence explained.

Lawrence, who holds a 4.0 GPA, will graduate with 30 college credit hours.

"Blake has started for me at our "Viking" position since his sophmore year. That position is critical in our defensive scheme. It takes an athlete that can force on the run, blitz, play man coverage, and drop back and play safety in our zone coverages. Blake is able to do all these things and get better every year," said Mark Frase, Shawnee Mission West Defensive Coordinator (30+ years of high school and college experience).

Lawrence is strongly considering attending the All-American Combine in Iowa City, Iowa on April 22nd.

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