clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Trevor Lawrence, 2018’s #1 Prospect signs with Clemson

New, 35 comments

Clemson signs the best player in the country

NCAA Football: Clemson Spring Game Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

The best player in the country has officially signed with the Clemson Tigers. After picking Clemson over Georgia back in December of 2016, Lawrence has remained firm in his commitment throughout.

No other player in the 2018 class should excite Tiger fans like Lawrence. You could not build a better NFL prototype Quarterback in a laboratory. Already at 6’6 and 210 pounds, his size immediately sticks out. A 4-year starter at Cartersville High School, Lawrence managed to break both of Deshaun Watson’s state records in passing yards, and passing TDs. He is the number one prospect in the country and gets a .9999 rating from 247 to go along with his 5-star ranking.

Not only does he possess a cannon of an arm, but Lawrence also has unbelievable accuracy on everything from deep balls to throws in the flat.

However, what most don’t realize is how effective he is with his legs. Trevor is perhaps at his most dangerous when rolling out, and is deceptively fast to the point where teams will likely have to spy him with a Linebacker.

Lawrence is mature beyond his age, and possesses elite intangibles.

I foresee Kelly Bryant starting next season, but Lawrence will very likely wow when he gets the chance to play. Expect the offense to look very similar to that of last season with Deshaun Watson while Lawrence is under center. Cartersville’s offense shares many similarities with Clemson’s, and that should shrink the learning curve. Signing 5-star Quarterbacks in back to back cycles is remarkable, and will go a long way in mitigating any potential talent gap this team will face in the future.

As for negatives, there are not many. Trevor Lawrence will need to add weight to his massive frame, but enrolling early should fast track him in those regards.

Lawrence is a winner more than anything. He’s won back-to-back state championships in High School, and even won 41 games in a row before falling in the state playoffs this season (a loss that you can’t pin on Lawrence). Clemson is getting the most talented prospect in the country, and the type of player that wins you national championships.

QT’s Take:

Trevor Lawrence is the best player I have seen at the high school level. I will be disappointed if he doesn’t win the Heisman during his time at Clemson. He is the best player in the nation and the best player at the most important position in college football. He can make NFL throws at this point in his career.

We beat UGA for his commitment! Credit goes to Coach Streeter and Dabo for this recruitment. Like Tommy said—no negatives here. He needs those ten pounds on his frame, but those should come pretty easily. He will not be a runner and Clemson’s offense will adapt to his talent. You will see some limited designed runs, but it won’t be a focal point of the offense.

I see Lawrence getting on the field next year. KB will be the QB and run the show, but Dabo will pick spots to get TL time on the field and let him throw to WRs. That will continue and build as the season progresses. KB will be the guy, but no one will be able to deny TL’s arm talent.