Virginia Tech didn’t offer a bunch of quarterbacks in the class of 2015. If the right prospect wanted to come on board, however, they would certainly take him. It appears Dwayne Lawson is that prospect.
This evening, Virginia Tech received a commitment from the dual-threat signal caller, a senior out of Hillsborough High in Tampa, Florida. Lawson announced his decision during the 2015 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl.
“All the players, they’ve got the same thing in mind. They’re hungry. They want to play. Young. They’ll be on the rise,” Lawson replied when asked why he chose Virginia Tech.
Tech’s gain comes at the expense of ACC division rival Miami, the school Lawson committed to in May of 2014. Virginia Tech emerged as the heavy favorite when Lawson, who had taken an official visit to Blacksburg the weekend of the UVa game, tweeted last month he had de-committed from the Hurricanes.
The 6’6”, 215-pound Lawson threw for 2,444 yards and rushed for just under 900 yards his senior season. He totaled 38 touchdowns, 21 of which came through the air. 247Sports, Rivals and ESPN all rank Lawson as a 4-star prospect.
Lawson will join a quarterback group projected to include senior Michael Brewer, junior Brenden Motley, and red-shirt freshmen Chris Durkin and Andrew Ford next season.
(Lawson’s junior season highlights are below)
Aside from Brenden Motley, Virginia Tech didn’t have another true dual-threat quarterback on the roster until Lawson committed. Lawson enters as a much more highly rated quarterback than Motley was when he arrived at Tech. Brewer returns next season to give the Hokies an experienced senior signal caller. The jury is still out on what Motley can do. Lawson gives Tech a third talented freshman signal caller, joining Durkin and Ford, who again will be red-shirt freshmen next season.
If Brewer struggles next season, there could be an opportunity for someone else – Lawson included – to take the reigns as the starting quarterback. The ability is there for Lawson to do well early. He has great size, and his athleticism is a plus. However, as is the case with many, he could need some time to develop. A very good addition to the quarterback position nonetheless.