The University of Virginia is the latest school to offer a scholarship to rising senior DaiQuan Lawrence , a 6’1″, 180-pound cornerback prospect out of Western Branch High School (Chesapeake, VA). UVa is the second ACC offer Lawrence has received, joining Wake Forest. Hampton, Norfolk State, and North Carolina Central have extended full scholarships as well.
Of his latest offer, the Bruins standout said: “Actually, I have some friends who play for UVa now. I like [Virginia cornerbacks coach] Chip West. I like how they play the DBs.”
Lawrence attended the Penn State and Maryland games in Charlottesville last fall, and in light of the recent offer he plans to make a return trip to UVa this weekend.
“I liked the atmosphere the past two times I went there. This weekend, I don’t know. I don’t know what to expect. I’m going in with an open mind,” said Lawrence, who isn’t sure if he will make the trek to UVa on Friday or Saturday.
Lawrence wants to have made his college choice by the start of his senior year. Exactly when that decision could come is unclear, but the standout prospect has seen a handful of schools already, including UVa, Wake Forest, and Virginia Tech. Tech has not extended a firm scholarship offer, but Lawrence is hoping to earn one when he attends a one-day camp in Blacksburg on June 2.
“[The Virginia Tech coaches] said they like everything they’ve seen on film, but there are things they can’t see on film such as backpedaling. I’m going to do the things they wanted to see in person, and hopefully they’ll give me an official offer,” said Lawrence, who added that he is “pretty sure” he won’t have committed anywhere by the time Tech’s camp comes around.
In terms of the in-state ACC schools, neither Tech nor UVa has an edge, Lawrence says. He claims no clear favorite overall, though he has been impressed with the way Wake Forest is recruiting him.
“Not necessarily right now, but Wake Forest is kind of standing out for the sole fact that [assistant coach Derrick] Jackson came up and watched me workout in person,” Lawrence answered when asked if he had a favorite school. “That shows me they really want me there. I’m not saying they are the favorite or anything, but I liked that.”
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