February 12, 2008

Mississippi QB has offer, eyeing schools

Family connections won't be the overriding factor when Senatobia (Magnolia Heights HS), Miss. quarterback Cameron Lawrence decides on his collegiate future.

Cameron's brother, Addison Lawrence, was a tight end prospect who signed with Mississippi State for the 2007 signing class, but Cameron is holding off on an early commitment to the Bulldogs despite an offer.

"I have one offer, and I've really thought about it (committing to State) really hard," Cameron Lawrence said Sunday evening. "I just want to keep thinking about it. I'll know when the time is right to commit."

With the new staff at Ole Miss a bit behind in organizing its efforts for 2009, it could be a repeat of what happened with Addison Lawrence.

Addison was recruited hard by then tight ends coach Hugh Freeze, but by the time the Rebels were ready to offer, Addison had committed to State and hasn't look back.

He redshirted last season in Starkville and figures in State's plans either at tight end or perhaps on the offensive line.

Cameron, a 6-foot-2, 198 pound dual threat quarterback with 4.6 speed, was also being recruited by Freeze and Ole Miss and had attracted the attention of then Rebels' offensive coordinator Dan Werner at Ole Miss camps before the coaching change.

"I've been to the (Ole Miss) camps," Cameron said. "I also went to some games and liked it down there."

Cameron has the one offer from State and is receiving or showing interest in Arkansas, Vanderbilt, LSU, Alabama, Wake Forest, along with Ole Miss.

Duke has also recently gotten in the mix.

The interest form the likes of Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, and Duke points to Cameron's 3.7 GPA and a 21 on his first attempt at the ACT.

"I'm going to re-take the ACT," Lawrence said. "My brother made a 24, so I've got to beat that."

Another educational related factor that could figure in the interest and offers from schools is that Lawrence projects to be a December graduate, meaning he could enroll early and go through spring practice six months before his contemporaries.

If that's not enough to attract college recruiters, Lawrence also is not opposed to playing another position.

"I like to play dual-threat quarterback and be a threat like Tim Tebow," Lawrence said. "But I'll do whatever the coaches want and play where ever they want. Some have suggested that due to my aggressiveness, I'd make a good linebacker."

Lawrence had about 1,000 yards rushing last year and added about 900 yards through the air. He said he also played free safety and averaged about 10 tackles per game.

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