Maury OL Lands Offer, Sets Visits

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Maury (Norfolk, VA) senior Stephen Lawe has earned a scholarship offer from the University of Virginia and plans to make an official visit to Charlottesville on the weekend of January 22nd. The 6-4, 285-pound standout started at offensive tackle and defensive tackle this season, in what was only his second year on the varsity level. He earned several FBS scholarship offers as a result.

“Virginia, Virginia Tech, Memphis and ODU…those are the schools looking at me the most,” said Lawe, who has been offered by Memphis, ODU and UVa. Maury head coach John Quinerly adds that Maryland is starting to show heavy interest as well.

Virginia’s Mike London extended an offer to Lawe the same week he was hired. So far, Lawe’s impressions of the new Cavaliers head coach are positive.

“I didn’t know too much about him when he was at Richmond. I only talked to one of his assistants there,” said Lawe. “I talked to him on the phone two weeks ago from this coming Saturday. That’s when he offered. I met him another time when he came to my school. I think he’s a good guy.”

In addition to the official visit to Virginia, Lawe has scheduled an official to Old Dominion for the weekend of January 15th. He hopes to schedule officials for the weekends of January 8th and January 30th, but at this point nothing is set. Possible destinations include Memphis and Virginia Tech, but the latter has not yet offered.

“I talked to [Virginia Tech assistant] coach Newsome about a week ago,” said Lawe, who attended Tech’s camp this past summer. He also attended camp at UVa and Richmond. “He said they want to look at game film before deciding what they would do.”

Lawe performed well on defense this season, racking up about 18 tackles with two forced fumbles and nine quarterback hurries. On offense, he had 25 pancake blocks and allowed only one sack this season after allowing only two sacks in six games as a junior in 2008. He missed four games as a junior due to a knee injury.

Most college coaches, including UVa’s London, are pursuing the 2-way standout as an offensive tackle, something Quinerly agrees with.

“I know he wants to play defensive tackle, but I’d bet money that he’ll be a left offensive tackle,” said Quinerly. “He is very athletic. He