Marquis Lawson Takes In UCLA Practice

Aug. 17 -- The Crenshaw athlete with a UCLA offer watched the Bruins practice on Saturday...

Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw athlete Marquis Lawson (5-10, 170) was one of the recruits at UCLA’s practice on Saturday in San Bernardino.

Lawson, who was offered by UCLA in June, was able to spend time with both receivers coach Eric Yarber and defensive backs coach Demetrice Martin.

And while those two coaches have had their positional groups go against each other in practice for four seasons, they’ve also had their share of recruiting battles against each other.

It’s the same case for Lawson.

“Coach Yarbs was the one who started recruiting me first and they were going to offer me as a receiver, but then Coach Meat came to one of practices in the spring and he wanted me for defense, so they ended up offering me as an athlete,” said Lawson. “They joke about fighting over me for their side of the ball.”

As far as Lawson is concerned, he’d play both ways if given the chance.

“I don’t really have a preference,” said Lawson. “I love both offense and defense and I love to return kicks and punts. I just want a chance to play. I feel like I can excel on either side of the ball so I’m good with either side.”

Lawson said UCLA likes him for either side, all dependent on the needs on the depth chart.

“I play mostly outside receiver, but I may do a little more in the slot this year,” said Lawson. “I play both corner and safety so I could play either spot, but I think I’d probably play corner in college if I play defense.”

Lawson hasn’t had a chance to take an unofficial visit to UCLA or check out the campus, but plans to do so when the Bruins get back to Westwood.

While the Bruins were the first to offer Lawson, and remain his lone offer, he’s heard from a few other schools in the meantime.

“I’ve heard from Arizona State, USC, Wyoming and Washington State,” said Lawson. “USC told Coach (Robert) Garrett that they want to see my first four games and that if I do well, they could offer me, so we’ll see.”

Like another former Crenshaw athlete, Ajene Harris, Lawson is hopeful a big start to his senior year kicks his recruitment into another gear.

“I remember Ajene getting a lot of attention after the beginning of the season, so hopefully I do well to start the year and more attention comes my way,” said Lawson.

Another former Crenshaw player who blossomed as a senior is current Bruin Mossi Johnson.

“Mossi is a couple years older than I am but we’re still good friends,” said Lawson. “I talked to him at practice on Saturday and he was really good to talk to. Everybody loves Mossi at UCLA and Mossi loves UCLA and the program and told me all about how good the program is, so that was good.”

While Lawson is still some time away from making a decision, the Bruins are in a good spot for him.

“I’d say they’re my leader right now,” said Lawson. “I want to decide closer to Signing Day and take some trips. I know UCLA wants me to take an official during the season.”

Academically, Lawson has a 3.1 GPA and took the SAT in the spring and plans to take the ACT in the fall.

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