One of the Palmetto State’s top prospects has added a few scholarship offers to his impressive list and appears poised for even more.
“Florida State, Arizona State and Memphis have all offered me now,” said four-star Florence (S.C.) Wilson linebacker Lawrence Timmons. “Oregon and Penn State told me they’re going to offer. And Georgia’s talking about it, too.”
Timmons (6-3, 220, 4.6) is the nation’s sixth-rated outside linebacker coming off a junior season which saw him record 95 tackles and four sacks. Through eight games as a senior, he’s tallied more than 90 tackles, four fumble recoveries, three sacks and three interceptions.
He also doubles as a slot receiver, posting 37 receptions for 609 yards and five touchdowns.
“I always thought I’d like to play receiver or tight end,” he said, “but it seems like everybody wants me as a linebacker, so that’s the way I’ll go.”
In addition to the new schools on his list, Timmons has offers from Florida, Michigan, South Carolina, Clemson, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina.
Asked if he has any favorites at this point, he said: “I’ve been looking real close at Florida, Florida State and Tennessee… also Michigan, but that’s awfully far from home. It will probably be one of those first three.
“Florida State has really come on strong. What I like about them is they’ve got two linebackers, Pope and Boulware, who are seniors and another guy who’s a junior. They say I’d have a chance to play a lot early. Even if I’m not starting, they think I could get in their rotation. Early playing time’s big for me. That’s the main thing I’m looking at because all of these are great schools for football and my education.’
Timmons got a visit today from a familiar face, former South Carolina defensive coordinator Charlie Strong, now with Florida.
“Coach Strong came by the school today,” he said. “He wants me down there real bad. He said he’s starting a freshman down there right now, and that can be me next year.
“I like coach Strong a lot. He’s a guy I’ve known for a long time and feel real comfortable around.”
He also cited Tennessee's Dan Brooks as one of his favorite coaches to talk to during the recruiting process this fall.
"I like how he's recruited me. He keeps it real," Timmons said. "He's one of the main reasons I like Tennessee so much."
Timmons has yet to schedule his official visits. He’s taken only one unofficial visit – South Carolina’s game Oct. 18 against LSU.
Academically, he maintains a 2.8 GPA and is awaiting his test scores.