Trevor Lawrence is probably the best quarterback in the country. He’s lost just a single game as Clemson’s starting quarterback and won a national title with a dazzling performance against Alabama.
To this point in his career he’s lived up to his lofty recruiting ranking — he was the No. 1 overall prospect in the 2018 recruiting class — and is perhaps the biggest reason the Tigers seem poised to open the 2020 season as the No. 1 team in the country.
Those who follow Georgia football closely have long been witnesses to Lawrence’s greatness, as he lost just one game in his final three season at Cartersville High School in Cartersville, Ga. He re-wrote the Georgia high school record books, which had been previously topped by one Deshaun Watson.
Georgia made a strong push to recruit Lawrence, but like the recruitment of Watson, they were unable to convince him to stay home as he instead signed with Clemson.
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With Georgia and Clemson now set to open the 2021 season against each other, there is a chance Lawrence could play against his home-state team. But that would require Lawrence bypassing the 2021 NFL Draft, where he will likely be one of the top picks. Clemson does have a good track record of convincing players to return — defensive tackle Christian Wilkins and running back Travis Etienne come to mind —but Lawrence would be a different story.
Should Lawrence be playing for Clemson that day, the Tigers would likely be a solid favorite in that game. Georgia will almost certainly be breaking in a new quarterback that day, as Jamie Newman has just one season of eligibility remaining. Georgia could turn to 5-star quarterback Brock Vandagriff, as well as Carson Beck, D’Wan Mathis or Stetson Bennett.
But before going all in on Vandagriff, it’s worth remembering that neither Lawrence nor Watson opened their college careers as starters. Watson did play well in his brief debut against Georgia in 2014, but the Tigers still lost that game by 24 points. And a Clemson defense may not be how you want to start your college career.
In the video below, we discuss how Lawrence got to this point and why what he does with his future will have a significant impact on how the start to Georgia’s 2021 season goes.
Trevor Lawrence and his future will play a key role in how Georgia football starts 2021 season
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