Senatobia (Miss.) Magnolia Heights athlete Cameron Lawrence has picked up early offers from Duke, Oklahoma State and the home-state school of Mississippi State. This weekend, the 6-foot-2 205-pounder decided that he didn't need to wait on any more and committed to the Bulldogs.
Lawrence's father Carl confirmed the commitment on Sunday.
"He committed to Mississippi State yesterday," said Carl Lawrence. "I think he's just been praying about it and thinking about it."
Lawrence's visit to Starkville this weekend played a big role in his early decision, particularly his interaction with Coach Croom.
"Him talking to Coach Croom helped," Mr. Lawrence said. "Coach Croom had a good speech that put him over the edge and really fired him up and made him want to represent Mississippi State. Coach Croom said he wanted to finish what he started and that's win an SEC Championship."
Lawrence will be getting an early start on helping get to the top of the SEC as he has plans of being an early enrollee and anticipates being on campus next January.
The early enrollee plans could help Lawrence out a lot, especially depending on what position he ends up playing. The versatile athlete could play quarterback or a number or possibly safety at the next level.
"They're going to give me a shot at quarterback," Cameron Lawrence said. "But Coach Croom told me that I may get on the field earlier at safety. It really doesn't matter to me. I'm just going to let Coach Croom put me where he thinks I'm going to play."
Lawrence's trust in Croom was a major factor in the decision and his trust extends beyond what position he will be playing and into his trust that the Bulldogs will be contending for championships.
"Another thing that made my decision even more clear is that I want to represent Mississippi State and help Coach Croom win championships," he said. "I started off being neutral and seeing all my options but when the time came I really felt like that's where I want to be.
"I really want to thank God and my parents and my coaches for giving me this opportunity."