Georgia State beats out big boys for commit No. 9

DT Jalen Lawrence picks GSU over the big boys (247sports)

DT Jalen Lawrence picks GSU over the big boys (247sports)

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

18 comments Add your comment


October 27th, 2012
7:04 am

1st! oh wait, nobody cares. good for GSU.
Go Panthers
Class of 2005 and educated waiter


October 27th, 2012
8:06 am

Good Get. Impressive with a lame duck staff. Welcome to Panther Family Jalen

MS. Bully

October 27th, 2012
8:08 am

Which one of those schools do you consider to be a big boy??


October 27th, 2012
8:38 am

Tremendous get by the coaching staff! Welcome to the Panther Family Jalen!


October 27th, 2012
8:53 am

Let’s see….new coach…new staff…different offense….different defense… All adds up to some of the commitments GSU currently has possibly being revoked. Happens all the time. New coach comes in and kids who “committed” never hear from the shool again. Not saying that will happen, but don’t be surprised if it does in some cases.


October 27th, 2012
10:47 am

Welcome to the GSU family Jalen!

Looking forward to seeing you play!

Orlando Panther

October 27th, 2012
11:21 am

Sounds like Jalen has a good head on his shoulders and has goals beyond the football field. Working in the oil industry is a smart path b/c there will always be high demand.

I hope you stick with GSU even after the coaching/regime change.

Go Panthers!

Michael Carvell

October 27th, 2012
1:15 pm

I would consider one of the big boys to be Texas Tech, currently ranked No. 15 by the AP. Georgia State traditionally does not beat out Texas Tech and maybe Colorado State for recruits, and they have a tough time against MTSU and Troy. Good job by the GSU staff!

Jacket time

October 28th, 2012
1:40 am

Strange texas tech seems like the perfect place for someone interested in the oil industry. They offer petroleum engineering and many pple from their get hired by oil companies.


October 28th, 2012
9:00 am

A tip of the cap to this coacing staff to not let their ‘lame duck’ status stop them from going out with their heads held high. Well done!!!!!


October 29th, 2012
7:54 am

Great that our coaches are still recruiting. Interesting decision process for athlete and parents.


October 29th, 2012
9:53 am

Texas Tech would be the place to go for an Oil job…

A person SMART enough to know.....

October 29th, 2012
10:07 am

I do notice that there is not so much Trash talk form the GaState fans on this blog or the other blogs anymore. Glad you GaState fans have LEARNED your place.
Yes, GaState Ben is GONE. He even stopped saying GSU is the Real GSU, now that he realizes GaState couldn’t beat Ga Southerns second team.


October 29th, 2012
2:02 pm

Congratulations to Jaklen Lawrence.

Georgia State / GSU has alot to offer. Moving into a Division 1 Conference with the possibility of playing in real bowl games is huge. The Sunbelt Conference has a deal with the SEC where he will probably get to play in some of college football’s most historical venues during his career. Plus there are so many business oppurtunities in Atlanta for students going to GSU. Play your cards right and he will have a network of contacts in the business world to help his career after football. Had he decided to play out in the sticks at Ga Southern or Texas Tech there are no business contacts to be made unless you want a career in farming.


October 29th, 2012
2:05 pm

Georgia Southern fans are hilarious………………….No one cares if 2 schools share the same initials. I realize things are slow in South Ga with the farming season being basically over.

Does anybody proof this stuff anymore?

October 29th, 2012
8:43 pm

Who wrote this? I was unaware of geology being a quality degree at GSU, nor does it easily progress to Petroleum Engineering… and if that is the case…and you have an offer to TexasTech?…Mr.Lawrence, you might want to reconsider the priorities and the realities. GSU is a fine school for many things if such is in line with the goals of you and your son.


November 1st, 2012
1:16 pm

Two things come to mind, one he might not qualify to get into Texas Tech (in which we have a great Engineering department) or we simply moved on to a bigger better player that will come in and help right away not a red shirt project that needs to be place on a weight gain and weight room plan. Good luck to the kid.

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November 4th, 2012
10:55 am