MONROE, La. — Decision day is nearing for the nation’s No. 5 defensive tackle.
Rashard Lawrence has given zero clues as to which school he’ll pick Friday morning. It’s either LSU or Ohio State, and your guess is as good as the five-star prospect’s longtime high school coach.
Neville High School (Monroe, La.) coach Mickey McCarty will wait to see if Lawrence shares his decision with him early Friday morning. But like the rest of the nation that’ll be tuning in to hear the final verdict, McCarty remains on the outside looking in.
“I couldn’t say because he could fit in at either program and in any system, but I don’t know,” McCarty told SEC Country. “He has played real close to vest and he hasn’t shared his choice. I don’t expect him to either. He may or he may not. But I’m going to respect whatever he’s going to do and I’m going to support him.”
“It’s going to be real interesting tomorrow,” he added. “He’s ready to get it behind him”
Lawrence is coming off an official visit to LSU, which McCarty reported was a positive experience.
Among the discussion the LSU coaches had with the No. 2 prospect in Louisiana was the chance for early playing time.
That’s of paramount importance, his coach said, and Lawrence has done his research in order to make the right decision.
“It was a good visit and a good weekend and everything was positive coming out of that visit to LSU and about Baton Rouge,” McCarty said of the official visit.
“He’s aware of what’s returning to LSU, and at the same time he’s also evaluated Ohio State’s roster, what they return on defense and on the defensive line, specifically. He’s done a good job looking at those things for the schools left in the picture. Those schools have both painted a picture for him. He’s certainly very wanted at both of those schools, and they’d love for him to be on campus next year.
“He’d like the opportunity to go in and challenge for playing time, and I think he’s a good enough player a hard enough worker. That’s something brought to his attention by the programs that have recruited him. It’s a factor. How much — I don’t know, but any great high school player wants an opportunity to play as soon as possible.”
Another factor is Lawrence’s comfort level with each program.
Lawrence has taken official visits to both Ohio State and LSU, and both coaching staffs have made themselves present for in-home visits throughout the process.
So, does one team have an edge?
“I think it comes down to his fit and comfort level with the guys and coaches,” McCarty said. “He’s visited the schools, saw quite a few campuses and met with a lot of folks. I think it’s going to come down to his gut, and that’s the right way to go about it.”
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