The Clemson Tigers, one of the most talented college football teams, says goodbye to talented quarterback Trevor Lawrence. The Tennessee-born football player is a presumptive No. 1 pick for this year’s NFL draft. After years of expectation, the prodigious Clemson QB is trading college football for a professional contract. The Jacksonville Jaguars expects to select him with Pick 1 this coming April.
Before Clemson Tigers, Lawrence was a High School Football Star
Called the best NFL quarterback prospect in a decade, Lawrence was popular even in high school football. As we all know, high school recruiting is one of the most important aspects of football. Many top universities try to scout players from Year 9 and up. And not to mention in Texas, where you have over 50 high school football stadiums that can accommodate 10,000 fans. You’ll know that their high school football players are on another level.
So, Lawrence’s amazing talent for the sport comes as no surprise. He ranked as the top prospect of the 2018 high school class by Rivals and 247 Sports, which are famous recruiting sites.
According to 247 Sports’ Barton Simmons, “Lawrence is as much of a sure thing as we’ve seen in the recruiting industry at quarterback at an early stage. Lawrence is the rare prospect with a strong shot at being the nation’s top prospect from start to finish. He’s everything college coaches look for in a quarterback with a big arm, a terrific frame, functional athleticism and absurd production.”
Thus, even before he finished his second to the last high school football season, top universities such as Clemson and Georgia were chasing him.
Clemson Snag the QB Prodigy
The Clemson Tigers successfully got Lawrence as their quarterback, and it was the best decision they’ve ever made. As a freshman, he led Clemson to victory as the college football team won the 2018 national championship. They defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. It was also that season that he became a Heisman Trophy finalist. Aside from that, he was pivotal in the Clemson Tigers’ three straight ACC championship wins.
In his career, for over 40 games, he threw for 10,098 yards and with 90 passing touchdowns. He also has 943 yards rushing, 7 interceptions, and 18 rushing touchdowns. He is third on the university’s all-time leading passer list.
Although Lawrence previously indicated that he is open to the possibility of returning to Clemson in 2021, his declaration for the 2021 NFL Draft made his intentions quite clear. With his departure, college football loses one of its best players. Lawrence was an ambassador for the problems faced by college athletes in 2020 due to the pandemic. He was part of #WeWantToPlay movement back in August. Aside from that, he was an advocate for the Black Lives Matter movement.
Taking into consideration all of his accomplishments, he is a football player to watch out for. The 2021 NFL Draft is fast approaching, and it will lead to big changes in the sport as teams do their best to get talented players such as Lawrence into their teams.
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