Behind the scenes, 5-star Lawrence working for historic '18 class

Behind the scenes, 5-star Lawrence working for historic '18 class

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Behind the scenes, 5-star Lawrence working for historic '18 class

It’s a tall task for the nation’s top-ranked quarterback recruit, but Trevor Lawrence tries to stay low key.

The Cartersville (Ga.) five-star isn’t the type to do many interviews, and when he does, he says all of the right things. He doesn’t do anything to draw media attention, other than what he naturally does because of his immense talent.

“I kind of like to stay away from it, so I try to as much as I can,” Lawrence told The Clemson Insider at The Opening Regional in Charlotte on Sunday.

It has been easier for him to avoid the spotlight since he committed to Clemson in December.

“It’s not as bad now,” Lawrence said. “It’s a lot more laid back, and I don’t have to do as many interviews.”

Committing early not only has allowed Lawrence to focus more on his final season and academics as he prepares for early enrollment in January, but also begin doing his part to help the Tigers build what could be a historically good 2018 class.

He is off to a good start as a recruiter, having played a role in the commitment of five-star defensive end Xavier Thomas to Clemson.

“I like to think that I was a big (factor), but I don’t really know,” Lawrence said. “I talked to him, I tried to push him on that way.”

With Lawrence and Thomas, Clemson has pledges from the No. 1 and No. 2 overall prospects in the 2018 class, respectively, according to 247Sports. Since the recruiting service began its composite rankings in 2000, no program has ever landed the top two players in the same class.

Lawrence doesn’t want Clemson to stop there, though.

“We want to build it even bigger,” Lawrence said. “We’ve got a chance to be one of the best classes ever, so hopefully we can keep building that up and have a good four years while we’re there.”

According to Rivals, the record for most top-10 recruits in a single class is three (held by Florida, Florida State and Southern Cal).

The Tigers already have two, and Lawrence named a couple of other top-10 prospects among the elite ones he is working to recruit.

“Jamaree (Salyer), Justyn Ross, Jackson Carman, Trey Hill and Jordyn Adams,” he said. “Those are the main ones right now.”

Clemson’s number of available scholarships this cycle is tight, but Lawrence says that isn’t an issue.

“We have a small class, but I think we can hold like 15, so we’ve got like seven (left),” he said. “So we’ve got room for them.”

“I feel good about our chances with everybody,” he added.

As for Lawrence himself, he is still being sought after despite his commitment to Clemson. Alabama head coach Nick Saban and Georgia head coach Kirby Smart, for example, recently stopped by Cartersville to check in on him.

“It’s just like if I ever change my mind, they want to me to get in contact,” Lawrence said of what he heard from the coaches. “I just tell them I’m pretty firmly committed, and if I change my mind, then I’ll be talking to them. That’s pretty much what I tell everybody.”

What are the chances he changes his mind?

“Not very high,” he said.

Lawrence said he talks to Clemson’s staff at least once every other week, and he plans to visit a couple of times this summer.

He’s excited to get to Clemson and feels confident he will come in ready to compete for playing time right away.

“I think I can compete against anybody,” Lawrence said. “They have some good quarterbacks there, so I’m going to have to compete, but I think I have a chance.”

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