Rashard Lawrence Discusses Interest In UW

2016 Neville (Monroe, La.) DT Rashard Lawrence, one of the top defensive line prospects in the country, will visit Montlake this weekend and he spoke with Dawgman.com recently about his interest in the Dawgs as well as some other visit plans...

Lawrence is one of the top recruits in the nation and during The Opening he scored a 102.00 which, for an athlete of his size and dimensions, is elite.

The five-star defensive line prospect, ranked by Scout as the number two defensive tackle in the country, has a plethora of offers and while on the West Coast, he'll head to both Oregon and Washington.

"I actually have family up here in the Portland area and over in Vancouver, Washington, aunts, uncles, cousins," Lawrence told Dawgman.com shortly after his Opening performance. "I love the weather up here and I know about the West Coast lifestyle, so I could easily see myself out on the West Coast if that's where things take me."

Lawrence actually visited Montlake last year and, after getting an offer from the Dawgs and spending a lot of time getting to know the Husky coaches, he has continued to keep them in the mix.

"Washington has been there since they offered me," Lawrence noted. "Oregon is creeping back in there too. I'm open to everyone though, so I'm not really ready to narrow anything down yet.

"I talk to coach 'KB' (Keith Bhonapha), coach 'Pete' (Chris Petersen) and coach 'K' (Pete Kwiatkowski) and I was up there last year, but this year is more of a set visit, so that I can see everything they have to offer.

"I'll go to Oregon and then up to U-Dub after the 'Dead Period' ends (July 12th). I'll just check things out and see what each school has to offer."

Lawrence noted he had hoped to visit UCLA, another Pac 12 school that has offered, for a camp last month, but things didn't work out.

"I just couldn't fit it into my schedule, so I'm thinking maybe an official visit, but I'm not quite sure right now," Lawrence added.

At 6'3" and weighing just over 290 pounds, Lawrence is a handful for opposing offensive line prospects, but what is even scarier is that he has the athleticism to move outside and play as a five technique (outside shoulder of the offensive tackle) although he prefers to play inside.

"Because I'm a little light, 290, I can play a five (technique), but I like playing inside at the three (technique)," Lawrence said. "Anything I can do to help my team, that's what I will do though."

Lawrence said he will probably narrow his list of favorites down, although he wasn't specific about how many would make his final list, at some point before his senior season gets underway, but at this point in time, he hasn't set a date for when that might happen.

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