Lawrence: "I am committed to Clemson University."
According to the Clemson University website, tigernet.com, and based on comments on his own Twitter account, Trevor Lawrence has committed to Clemson over his other finalist Georgia on Thursday night.
“After a long and thoughtful process, I’m blessed to announce that I am committed to Clemson University,” Lawrence tweeted. #ALLIN [Tiger emoji]
The decision comes just five days after he led the Canes to their second consecutive Class 4A state championship and three days after he was named the Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Georgia.
Lawrence (6-6, 201) had previously narrowed his choices to Georgia and Clemson back in July.
Lawrence is the No. 1 rated player in the Class of 2018 by three different recruiting services and is the highest ranked commit with Clemson in history.
He passed for 3,708 yards and 49 touchdowns this past season as a junior for the Purple Hurricanes.
As a sophomore, Lawrence was 233-of-364 for 3,655 yards and 43 TDs. His freshman season, he passed for 3,042 yards and 26 TDs, and he totaled 1,173 yards passing and 18 TDs in the 8th grade.
This season, Lawrence passed current Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson for the third-most touchdown passes in a single season in the state of Georgia.
He is now seventh on the single-season passing yards leader list with 3,904. Lawrence has 10,361 career passing yards, just 2,114 behind Jake Fromm for second all-time and 2,881 behind Watson's career mark for the most all-time in Georgia.
He drew interest and national offers from Alabama, California, Central Florida, Cincinnati, Clemson, Colorado State, Duke, Florida, Georgia, Houston, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Southern Miss, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, and more.
Coaches are attracted to Lawrence for his prototypical quarterback frame, arm strength, throwing accuracy, and athleticism. Lawrence last visited Clemson on October 1 for the Tigers' game against Louisville. He joins another top 2018 recruit, Bradenton (FL) IMG Academy linebacker Mike Jones, on Clemson coach Dabo Swinney's Tigers.
He had originally stated his decision would be revealed last August, but made the commitment on the evening of his high school team's state championship celebration parade through downtown Cartersville.
Lawrence’s Twitter account received responses Thursday night from many, including current Atlanta Falcons’ star Vic Beasley, Jr., who played his high school football in Bartow County at Adairsville and was an All-American at Clemson. He also received a message from former Cartersville teammate Miller Forristall who now plays for the Alabama Crimson Tide and numerous other teammates.