A verdict is near.
Five-star defensive tackle Rashard Lawrence is set to decide between LSU and Ohio State on Friday morning.
The nation’s No. 5 prospect at the position, Lawrence is five days removed from an official visit to the LSU campus.
He previously took an official visit to Ohio State on Oct. 17 and UCLA on Oct. 3.
Lawrence, a 6-foot-3, 305-pound prospect out of Neville High School (Monroe, La.), narrowed the field to LSU and the Buckeyes during the Under Armour All-America Game earlier this month.
The No. 2 prospect in Louisiana, Lawrence is believed to have made his decision this week after receiving in-home visits from both the LSU and Ohio State coaching staffs.
Prediction: It’s a bit a coincidence that LSU’s major competition for Lawrence comes from Ohio State, which earlier in the week nabbed a commitment from the Tigers’ top quarterback target Dwayne Haskins.
Fortunately for LSU fans, it seems unlikely that the Buckeyes will poach Lawrence out of LSU’s grasp, too.
LSU coach Les Miles and defensive line coach Ed Orgeron have forged solid relationships with the five-star defensive tackle, and Orgeron was the first coach to recruit the Louisiana standout.
Those connections are believed to have been solidified during Lawrence’s official visits to the LSU campus last weekend.
Lawrence has good relationships with LSU’s current defensive linemen. Additionally, as a true freshman, Lawrence could instantly contribute along a star-studded defensive front before eventually earning a starting position.
Expect Lawrence to put on a purple and gold hat before Friday morning is over.