By Joe Vitale:
Could UGA secure commitment from a top quarterback for the third consecutive year?
According to 247Sport’s Rusty Mansell, the nation’s top overall player for the class of 2018, 5-star quarterback Trevor Lawrence, has narrowed his list to two. The two schools lucky enough to make the cut for the Cartersville (Ga.) prospect are Georgia and Clemson.
Lawrence (6’6″, 196 pounds) has reasons to like both schools. Clemson’s recent recruiting success has really stood out to Lawrence, especially at the wide receiver position.
Kirby Smart has also been on a hot-streak as of late, and Georgia has tried to use that to their advantage as well.
“Georgia is also recruiting good, they both are going to have players where ever I decide to go,” Lawrence told Mansell.
Proximity to home is another factor that plays in UGA’s favor here, though not by much. Athens is about 2 hours from Lawrence’s Cartersville home, while Clemson is around 2 hours and 45 minutes away.
“Just it is in-state, they want me and they need me, they feel like I can help build the 2018 class around me hopefully, because they are loading up in 2017,” Lawrence said of Georgia. “They are hoping if they get me that will help more in the 2018 class.”
UGA currently has quarterback Jacob Eason on the roster, who was the top quarterback prospect in the class of 2016. In addition to Eason, the Dawgs have a commitment from one of the nation’s best passers for the class of 2017 as well in Jake Fromm. It will be interesting to see if a crowded quarterback position will impact Lawrence’s decision.