Last season Scott County had an excellent season got on a roll after a slow start, reaching the state semi-finals before falling to Male High. Quarterback Benjamin Lawler's development and steady play.
While Lawler's 1320 yards and 13 touchdowns won't wow you, his skill set and tenacity on the field has caught the attention of several coaches. Lawler got a chance to visit a couple of MAC schools recently for their Junior Day functions.
"(The visits) were great. It was nice to be able to see the actual campuses so I have a better idea if I want to go there or not," said Lawler of his visits to Toledo and Ohio. "I liked being able to talk to the coaches in a non-game situation It gave me a sense of who they are as people which is very important because I'm going to be spending four years of my life with the quarterback coach in particular," he said.
At Toledo Lawler got a chance to talk to the players about their situation and the coaching staff.
"At Toledo I got the chance to talk with some of the current players to get a good feel for what the environment is like in the locker room and the relationship of the players and the coaches from their point of view," said Lawler.
Lawler also talked with the coaching staffs at each school a little.
"At both Toledo and Ohio I got the chance to talk to the coaching staff about what they look for in a quarterback and the style quarterback they want," he said.
At this point, Lawler is still awaiting his first offer, but he's getting a lot of attention from the regional schools.
"Sounds like I'll get offers from several of the interested MAC, Big East and Big Ten schools after their Senior Days in June," said Lawler. "Most have said they won't be offering a quarterback from just film. The head coaches want to see me throw in person," he continued.
Lawler will also take in Junior Days this spring at Western Kentucky, Miami University, and Marshall. He also wants to visit some other schools during his Spring Break. But another event will be prominent in Lawler's spring – the Elite 11.
"I'm very excited (about the Elite 11). It's the biggest stage for a high school quarterback and there is nowhere I would rather be in May and July," said Lawler.
Lawler is looking to get a chance to compete at the Elite 11 national level and get additional attention from schools based on his performance.
"I'm hoping to gain recognition as a top D1 prospect and resulting offers," said Lawler. "That's what I'm competing for every time I go to any of these camps and combines. More immediately I hope to go on to the National Elite 11 in California," he finished.