Huge news for Clemson came on Thursday night when Trevor Lawrence, the nation’s No. 1 prospect in the 2018 class, announced on Twitter that he has committed to Clemson. The Clemson Insider confirmed the news shortly after his announcement.
Lawrence chose Clemson over Georgia. The Cartersville (Ga.) product was initially expected to commit in August before reopening his recruitment and eventually narrowing it down to finalists Clemson and Georgia.
Clemson offered Lawrence in June 2015. He held offers from two dozen schools, including Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Michigan, Oklahoma and Texas A&M among many others.
The 6-foot-1, 195-pounder passed for more than 10,000 yards and 118 touchdowns in three years as a starter at Cartersville High. Lawrence led his team to a Class 4A state championship victory over Thomson on Saturday at the Georgia Dome, throwing for 196 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
As a junior this season, Lawrence threw 51 touchdown passes and moved ahead of Deshaun Watson on the all-time, single-season Georgia high school passing touchdowns list. Watson had 50 touchdown passes in 2012, and Lawrence’s 51 rank third on the list behind Hutson Mason (54, 2009) and K’Hari Lane (56, 2016).
Coaches coveted Lawrence’s services during the recruiting process for traits such as his prototypical quarterback frame, strong arm strength and accuracy, and athleticism.
Lawrence last visited Clemson on Oct. 1 for the game against Louisville.
He is the second member of Clemson’s 2018 recruiting class, joining Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy linebacker Mike Jones. Dabo Swinney and the Tigers continue to flex their muscles in recruiting.