December 30, 2007
Lawrence sees stock rise
Outside of what you may see in Hollywood, no one's star has risen faster than that of George County (Lucedale, Miss.) athlete Alonzo Lawrence, a 6-foot-1, 187-pound specimen that has put on a string of performances that should eventually quadruple his early offer list.
The Alabama coaching staff, however, has been on Lawrence from the beginning and has recruited the physical athlete as a cornerback, and in two separate games against Deandre Brown and Julio Jones, the newly anointed Rivals100 member showed NFL-type lockdown ability.
"It has been crazy with all of the attention I have received in the past few weeks," said Lawrence, who recently added scholarship offers from Auburn and LSU. "I have always felt pretty good about my abilities that I believed I could play for anyone in the country. I have just been lucky to have had some pretty big audiences recently and that sort of got things going."
As far as his long list of suitors go, Lawrence's attention is focused on three schools � Alabama, Ole Miss and LSU � but the second-ranked cornerback in the country claims no school is ahead of the other right now.
"Alabama has been with me from the beginning," said Lawrence. "They have always believed in what I can do and that goes a long way with me. Plus, they are bringing in a great recruiting class and I can be a part of something special with them. They are my only scheduled visit right now on January 11.
"LSU is sort of new to the mix, but you can't ignore a team playing in the national championship game. They have some guys graduating in the secondary and the opportunity to play early is there. Ole Miss is my home state team, and it looks like they are going to keep some coaches that have been recruiting me so that helps them."
Lawrence led George County to a state championship game appearance playing both ways, but the star is being recruiting primarily for defense at the next level.
With a recent improvement in his academic situation as well, it appears everything is going right for the fastest-rising prospect in the country.
"I am just blessed to have been given talent and to have a good support system around me," said Lawrence. "I don't know when I will make my decision, but I have a lot of good options to pick from."
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