Five-star quarterback Trevor Lawrence, the No. 1 overall prospect in the Class of 2018, is having a “smooth transition” since enrolling at Clemson, according to Tigers’ quarterback coach and recruiting coordinator Brandon Streeter.
“He is beaming every time I see him in the hallway or up here getting something to eat,” Streeter said in an article by The State. “He is just excited about being here. He’s made a bunch of friends; he knew a lot of them already. But he’s really, really enjoying being here in college.”
Lawrence is touted as one of the best quarterback prospects in quite some time because of the elite arm talent that he displayed at Cartersville High School (Ga.), where he broke Deshaun Watson’s records in passing yards (13,902) and touchdowns (161).
Watson went on to do some incredible things with the Tigers, throwing for 10,168 yards and 90 touchdowns, while also rushing 1,934 yards and 26 more scores on the ground over his three years at Clemson. He was a 2015 All-American and the 2015 ACC Player of the Year and finished as a finalist for the Heisman Trophy in 2015 and 2016.
Living up to Watson’s legacy is a tough task for a player who has yet to throw a pass in a Clemson uniform, but the coaching staff already believes Lawrence is further along than Watson was when arrived on campus.
“Physically it’s rare that you see a guy come in so ready,” Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney told ESPN on National Signing Day. “Deshaun Watson was 180 pounds when he got here. So mentally he was off the charts, but he had to physically develop to mature into his potential. Trevor’s just physically further along than any freshman quarterback walking in here off the street.
“This guy has got all the tools. I can’t wait to start working with him. I’m so excited… He’s a very laid back, very focused, very easy demeanor, and I’m excited about seeing him on the practice field competing with these other very, very good guys that we’ve got.”
Lawrence may have to wait his turn until he sees the field, however, as rising senior quarterback Kelly Bryant is expected to be the starter heading into spring practice. Bryant threw for 2,802 yards and 13 touchdowns, while rushing for 665 yards and 11 touchdowns to lead Clemson to the College Football Playoff.