Nation’s No. 1 recruit, UGA target nearing college decision: “I should know soon”

5-star QB prospect Trevor Lawrence

CARTERSVILLE — With a decision about his college future drawing near, 5-star quarterback Trevor Lawrence put on a clinic at Wednesday’s LakePoint Football Showcase.

Among the coaches in attendance to watch Lawrence throw were Georgia coach Kirby Smart and offensive coordinator Jim Chaney. While Smart moved from station to station throughout the camp, Chaney never strayed far from the elite passer’s side.

“Coach Chaney has seen me throw, so he knows what I can do,” Lawrence told DawgNation after the camp. “He wanted to work with me a little bit, so hopefully I can go back down (to Athens) and work with him some.”

The Cartersville High School product took a trip to Athens this past weekend, where he got a chance to hang out with several of the Georgia coaches and players, including freshman 5-star quarterback Jacob Eason. Although Eason looks to be the Bulldogs’ quarterback of the future, Smart and Chaney had an important message for Lawrence.

“They said I could compete from Day 1, whenever I come up there,” Lawrence said. “I’ll probably early enroll wherever I go, so, from Day 1, I want to compete for that starting spot. They said I’ll be able to do that.

“They say I’m the guy for 2018 in this class. They want me to stay in state and be able to recruit around me, because if I was to go there people would come to (UGA).”

Rated the nation’s top overall prospect in the Class of 2018, Lawrence doesn’t want to drag out his recruitment. In fact, he plans to decide between Clemson, Florida, Georgia and Tennessee before the start of his junior season.

“I should know soon,” Lawrence said about his decision. “It gives me a timeline to kind of hurry up my choice and figure things out when I go on these visits. I don’t want to go on like two visits each summer and drag this thing out for like three years. It helps me kind of keep on track with what I want to do.”

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