Every week teams are gearing up to slow down Macon (Ga.) defensive tackle Jalen Lawrence. Most times he's facing double and sometimes even triple teams. Yet he's still managed to rack up 55 tackles and eight sacks through six games. Now he's hoping that teams will take notice.
"I've been talking to Navy, Wake Forest and Penn State," said Lawrence, who also has offers from Colorado State, Texas Tech, Troy and others. "I'm also hearing from a few Ivy League schools as well."
The one thing holding Lawrence back at his point is his height (he's listed at 6-1, 265) but he's hoping schools will realize he can play in a BCS conference after they see his film. He thinks the Demon Deacons will be next school to add to his offer list.
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"I believe they are close," he said. "But everyone is watching to see if I grow. I'm only 17 and I think I'm still gonna grow another inch or so."
In the meantime, Lawrence is focusing on the schools that have already offered. He's set to visit Colorado State after his season, and said he's not afraid to travel far from home.
"Location really isn't a factor for me," he said. "Wherever I go I'll be fine. It would just be a bonus if I got to stay in the Southeast."
Lawrence has already taken an unofficial to Colorado State, as well as Louisiana-Lafayette, Middle Tennessee and Troy.
"I plan on going back to all of them," he said. "Those schools have been keeping in touch and monitoring my play."
Right now, the two schools that made the best impressions on Lawrence were the Rams and the Ragin' Cajuns.
"I really loved it out in Colorado," he said. "I liked the message they were sending. The same thing and UL-L, they're going do things the right way."