Published at 10:40 pm Friday
Georgia State beat out some of the big boys when Jalen Lawrence committed to the Panthers on Friday.
The 6-foot-1, 265-pound defensive tackle from Westside High School of Macon picked Georgia State over Texas Tech, Colorado State, Troy, Middle Tennessee State, Southern University and Georgia Southern, among others.
“At Georgia State, the coaches are friendly and they talked straight up,” his father, Jeff Lawrence told the AJC. “They said ‘This is what we have to offer. We know other schools are looking at you, but this is what we have to offer.’
“I’d be wrong if I said I didn’t want my son in the league (NFL) but education comes first. Football is vehicle to where he wants to get in life … Georgia State doesn’t have an Engineering program but our second choice was Geology, which deals with oil. He wants to work in the oil industry. If he gets a degree in Geology, it won’t take much to get into Petroleum Engineering, which is where he really wants to land.”
What about bypassing bigger football programs for GSU? “Well, location played a part in that,” the elder Lawrence said. “Georgia State also offered a good chance to play, along with the opportunity to be part of something special as they build the program.”
Lawrence, who only turned 17 years old in July, is the ninth 2013 commitment for Georgia State, according to PantherTalk.com