Canes' QB Lawrence remains No. 1 in Class of '18 with Scout.com
With the summer camp circuit now completed along with The Opening Finals in Oregon, Scout.com has updated its 2018 Scout 300.
Although Harrison High School (Kennesaw, GA) dual-threat quarterback Justin Fields received a lot of attention this summer, The Scout 300 kept Cartersville High School pro-style quarterback Trevor Lawrence in the No. 1 spot for the Class of 2018.
John Garcia, Southeast recruiting analyst for Scout Recruiting, told Brandon Huffman of Scout.com, "Lawrence still retains his post atop the rankings, ever so slightly, because of his on-field dominance when it counts most -- in pads.”
247Sports.com recently slipped Fields by Lawrence as No. 1 in the Class of 2018 in its player rankings, although Lawrence has been the top player in that ranking since his sophomore season.
"Each had great junior seasons, and Lawrence still flashed his big arm this offseason, but those in the Peach State haven't quite seen the prowess and consistency Lawrence has displayed over a longer period of time versus Fields' rapid rise. Fields is a physical specimen as to where Lawrence, who moves very well inside the pocket and out, continues to add to his 6-foot-6 frame,” added Garcia.
For both highly touted players, the regular season is just around the corner and the debate will continue. Cartersville and Lawrence -- back-to-back Class AAAA state champs in Georgia -- open the 2017 season August 18 at Class AAAAAA Allatoona and will host Bartram Trail (FL) August 26 on ESPN2. The Harrison Hoyas and Fields host East Paulding August 18 before traveling to Class AAAAA defending state champion Rome on August 25.
Lawrence is committed to Clemson University. Fields is currently uncommitted after re-opening his recruitment this past Spring. Fields had originally committed to Penn State.
For more on this story, please see Brandon Huffman’s article for scout.com — http://www.scout.com/college/football/recruiting/story/1791753-summer-class-2018-scout-300