Kansas linebacker leads the way

A prospect that really improved his stock on Saturday in Iowa City is linebacker Blake Lawrence, a 6-foot-3, 210-pounder from Shawnee Mission West in Overland Park, Kan., had an infectious attitude that caught the eye of college recruiters, Scout.com recruiting analysts and fellow athletes. Lawrence has several scholarship offers and he names his top seven.

"I had a great time at the (Scout.com) combine," Blake Lawrence said.

"When I was first contacted about the combine, I was hesitant because I really didn't know much about the Scout.com combines but I'm glad I went. I had a great time. I met some great guys, learned a lot and I loved the competition."

Lawrence did not have any problem competing on Saturday. He tested well and looked super in drills and the 1-on-1 competition.

"A couple of guys I was really impressed with were Noah Keller from Nebraska and of course Christian Ballard from Kansas," Lawrence said.

"Noah just got me pumped up and ready to play. He's a great guy and Christian Ballard is someone that I've known since the seventh grade. It's amazing to me that as much as Christian has grown throughout the years that he's been able to keep his speed."

Several schools are in hot pursuit of Lawrence's services.

"I have offers right now from Missouri, Kansas State, Kansas, Michigan State, Texas Tech, Ball State and Colorado State," Lawrence said.

"I grew up a fan of Kansas State. The whole Michael Bishop thing they had going on. I was always watching them. I also visited Kansas State on Sunday and had the chance for some 1-on-1 time with Ron Prince.

"My brother (Tyler Lawrence) is going to be at Kansas next year. We've talked about going to the same school but on the other hand, I know I have to do what's best for me. I think it could be better if I get way from home and do my own thing. I'm going to go through the process.

"I don't have a leader right now. I will say that if Wisconsin and Nebraska offer me a scholarship that those schools would move up into my top two or three.

"My favorites are Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Texas Tech, Colorado State, Nebraska and Wisconsin."

Lawrence told Scout.com that he would like to give a verbal commitment as early as June but it could be as late as October.

"It's still early," Lawrence said. "I'm waiting on some offers and there could be some other schools that come into the picture. We'll see what happens here in the next month."

Lawrence will be a three-year varsity starter in 2006. As a junior, he had 90 tackles and 15 tackles for loss. Lawrence carries a 4.4 grade-point average in the classroom and scored 31 on his ACT.

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