Semper Fidelis Coach Talks VT Prospects

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Lawson,  moments after announcing for Va Tech at the 2015 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl
Lawson, moments after announcing for Va Tech at the 2015 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl

Three Virginia Tech commitments — quarterback Dwayne Lawson, cornerback Mook Reynolds and defensive end Darius Fullwood – played for the East squad in the 2015 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl on January 4. East head coach Rich Hansen provided his observations on the Tech-bound trio, who helped the East to a 24-3 victory over the West in this year’s event.

Lawson, a 6’6” senior signal caller out of Hillsborough High School in Tampa (FL), pledged to the Hokies during the Semper Fidelis telecast. The 4-star prospect finished with 115 total yards (70 passing, 45 rushing) including a 58-yard touchdown pass to Southern Cal-bound receiver Tristan Payton.

“Dwayne obviously is a very athletic kid. I was really impressed with his football IQ. His football IQ was on point. He had some issues throughout the week with inconsistent balls, but definitely he has really good arm strength. He threw a laser touchdown pass. He can scoot. He’ll be able to put on 40 pounds, but he can run,” said Hansen, who is head varsity football coach at St. Peter’s Prep in Jersey City, New Jersey. A tradition New Jersey prep power, St. Peter’s captured the Non-Public, Group 4 state championship in 2014.

In Lawson’s first series he had a long rush, showing off the ability that makes him a major dual-threat on the major college level. I was somewhat surprised at the speed Lawson displayed.

“I was surprised, too,” Hansen said. “I knew he was pretty fast, but he is a smoother runner than I thought he would be.”

Hansen added: “I think he’s a great fit for Virginia Tech. He brings to the table a lot of things they