The Opening: Rashard Lawrence Evaluation

Jul. 15 -- Scout breaks down the play of five-star defensive tackle Rashard Lawrence at The Opening...

Rashard Lawrence lived out one of his dreams back in December when he dominated the state championship game inside the Superdome and won a state title. That performance helped him move up to five stars on Scout.

The Opening Evaluation: At 6-foot-3, 309 pounds, Lawrence moves well. He actually plays a little smaller and quicker than you would think by his measurables, but then you feel his power to go with that and know he is a big interior defensive lineman.

At The Opening, Lawrence flashed that quick first step and the power to move the offensive linemen back in the pocket. Lawrence was not the most dominant defensive lineman, but he did win more than he lost in the one-on-one sessions.

When working on playing the run and gap control, Lawrence was impressive there. He sheds blockers well and works his hands. He can play with leverage and quickness while using power, so he has a good blend of skills on the defensive line.

Lawrence could play three-technique or nose guard on the next level depending on the scheme he goes into. Alabama, LSU, and Ole Miss are definitely in the running for the No. 2-ranked defensive tackle in the country. Oregon and Washington are two schools he is visiting this summer as well. UCLA might also be in the mix for an official visit.

A commitment is not likely until after the 2015 season. Lawrence still says he has no favorites.


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