Profile: Marquis Lawson
Location: Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw
Weight: 165 pounds
Recruiting: UCLA offered Lawson back in June and the plan was for the athlete to take some visits and make a decision later in the process. That all changed on Thursday when Lawson decided to end the process early and committed to the Bruins. Lawson visited UCLA several times since the summer and said the comfort level he had with the coaches and program overall sped up the decision making process for him. Surprisingly, UCLA was the only offer for Lawson. We expected other schools to jump in the mix once the Bruins offered in the summer. That could have been another reason Lawson decided to jump on the UCLA offer while it was still on the table.
What to Like: Lawson is a two-way standout who could end up in the slot or as a corner/nickel in college. He's explosive with the ball in his hands and runs well after the catch. He's more quick than fast but shows the ability to get behind a defense at the H.S level. Lawson catches the ball well and shows good body control highpointing the ball. He also runs well after the catch and is tough to bring down in the open field. Defensively, he's an aggressive player and doesn't shy away from contact. He might be a little undersized to play as a full time corner in college but UCLA has had some success with smaller defensive backs like Ishmael Adams so there's definitely a chance to he could play in the secondary if needed.
Areas to improve: Lawson has a smallish frame and will need to bulk up some before he hits the field at the next level. He has gotten faster since his junior season and more physical as well. If he can continue to improve his top end speed to go along with his superior quickness, he has a chance to be a real solid player at the next level.
Overall Analysis: We didn't see a lot of Lawson over the spring/summer as he didn't participate much in the 7v7 circuit. Bruin coaches Eric Yarber and Demetrice Martin saw him at Crenshaw and were impressed enough to put an offer on the table. It will be interesting to see how he develops physically and also what side of the ball he starts out on. We've actually heard Lawson compared to former Crenshaw and current Bruin Mossi Johnson and UCLA coaches would be ecstatic if Lawson shows that kind of ability when he arrives on campus.