Deshaun Watson began Clemson’s recent run at the top of the college football kingdom, and Kelly Bryant looks poised to continue that. The Tigers have Hunter Johnson waiting in the wings, but their highest-rated signee in the Class of 2018 could be even better. Trevor Lawrence is the highest-rated quarterback in the 2018 recruiting cycle.
He became the first officially announced signee for Clemson during the early signing period, with the team announcing his signing roughly 15 minutes after it opened.
— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) December 20, 2017
How Trevor Lawrence fits at Clemson
As the highest-rated recruit in the nation, Lawrence has a unique ability to fit just about anywhere. Clemson has thrived on using a quarterback with dual-threat ability in recent years with Watson and Bryant, but coach Dabo Swinney has shown an ability to make the offense work with a pro-style QB such as Tajh Boyd. Lawrence will come into Clemson behind Bryant — who will be a senior — and Johnson — an upcoming sophomore — but it’s highly unlikely he will redshirt. He broke Watson’s all-time records for passing yardage and passing touchdowns in Georgia in high school, and there is a strong chance he could play himself onto the field as a freshman.
Trevor Lawrence: Bio, measurements
Weight: 200 pounds
High school: Cartersville (Ga.)
Accolades: U.S. Army All-American, finalist for U.S. Army Player of the Year, Gatorade National Player of the Year finalist, Gatorade Georgia Player of the Year
Trevor Lawrence: Recruiting rankings
National: No. 1
Position: No. 1
State: No. 1
All rankings are according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
Trevor Lawrence: Stats
Lawrence threw for 3,148 yards his senior year, completing 161 of 227 passes with 40 touchdowns and 1 interception. He finished his high school career with 13,760 passing yards and 160 touchdowns, both state records.
Trevor Lawrence: Player breakdown
There is a reason Lawrence is the No. 1 recruit in the country. He possesses all the intangibles you’d want in a quarterback: He is tall, makes excellent decisions and has the arm to make every throw on the field. He tore up the record books in Georgia in his four years at Cartersville, and that is without playing much of the second half in most of his games, simply because he had dominated so much that Cartersville built an insurmountable lead too quickly.
No quarterback has been ranked as the No. 1 prospect by the end of the recruiting cycle since Matt Barkley in 2009, which makes it all the more apparent just how talented Lawrence is. At Cartersville, he ran an offense that resembles what Jeff Scott and Tony Elliott run at Clemson, which should bode well with how he will fit in.
Lawrence committed to Clemson in December 2016, and he hasn’t wavered since, not even a bit. He is all in, and Clemson fans should be thrilled.
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