2018 QB Trevor Lawrence of Cartersville, GA regarded as the top quarterback in the country in his class, announced Thursday night a commitment to Clemson. He had also strongly considered Georgia. He also looked at Alabama and LSU during the season.
“After a long and thoughtful process, I am blessed to announce that I am committed to Clemson University,” Lawrence wrote on his Twitter page while requesting that he not be contacted for interviews.
The 6-5 Lawrence is a prolific passer. He passed for 3655 yards and 43 touchdowns as a freshman, 3042 yards and 26 touchdowns as a sophomore and this season he passed for 3904 yards and 51 touchdowns in leading his team to a state championship.
“Effortless,” is how Cartersville assistant coach Antwan Toomer described Lawrence as a passer earlier this year. “What impresses me the most is his throwing power. To still be so young but yet possess that power is amazing. He’s a pro style in my opinion but he’s mobile enough to pull it on a zone option play and get a first down.”
The Tigers are now stocked at quarterback for the immediate future with the departure of All American Deshaun Watson imminent. Zerrick Cooper, rated by the analysts as a national top 10 quarterback as a high school senior, was redshirted this season and will compete in the spring with Kelly Bryant for the starting job. And they will be joined in the spring by a pair of incoming freshmen, both members of the Elite 11 fraternity, in Chase Brice and Hunter Johnson.
Lawrence becomes Clemson’s second commitment for the 2018 class joining DB Mike Jones of IMG Academy in Florida.