Lawrence, who has offers from LSU, Memphis and Tennessee, played primarily cornerback in 2016. He compiled 21 tackles with an interception and three pass breakups in 11 games played. He had two carries for 24 yards against Briarcrest Christian in the Division II-AA quarterfinals.
spoke to both Bryn Tucker and Keyshawn Lawrence. Tuck said Pruitt told him strengths and weaknesses this weekend and he left campus and went to the gym to work on the weaknesses. Lawrence and Pruitt have been in contact and that speaks volumes to a 2020 kid. Will have stories on both coming in the next couple of days.
He wasnt a stud in college and benefited from a good defense around him. He couldnt backpedal, only had like 2-3 career picks and took like 4 years to develop in the pros. This kid is much better coming out right now than a senior Kirkpatrick in HS. Kirkpatrick got drafted off measurables and Bama. His tape of big hits and tight hips didnt look like a 1st round CB.
In his time with the media last week, Jeremy Pruitt pointed out that while his staff worked to close out the 2018 class, they were busy with the 2019 and 2020 classes as well. That starts in state with 2020 athlete KeShawn Lawrence from Ensworth in Nashville, a prospect who continues to draw plenty of early attention in the recruiting process. Lawrence and Pruitt had dialogue earlier this week and the youngster was impressed.
"He was just telling me how I can be a good recruit for the Vols in 2020," Lawrence said. "He was telling me what kind of athlete I can be and to keep my head straight. Just told me to keep working and work at everything I do. It meant a lot that he took the time to talk to me. I was surprised." "He told me that he liked my aggressiveness," Lawrence said. "He told me that he liked my swag and how I hold myself on the field and stay level headed in everything I do."
"When I visit I feel like I'm home," Lawrence said. "Everyone greets me and it's fun up there. The fans are so loyal and that's what I like. Every other college I've been to wasn't a brotherhood like Tennessee. It's different."
With offers from LSU, Georgia, Tennessee and others, Lawrence already has plenty of enviable options. He trying to take it all in stride as he juggles athletics and academics. "It's hard being so young with school work and all," Lawrence said. "It's also a blessing so I'm taking it all in."
"Tennessee is very important," Lawrence said. "I didn't grow up watching football. I thought I was a basketball kid, but after a few years, I have noticed how much it means for everybody in Tennessee. I have to keep it in my heart because this is where I'm from so it means a lot actually."