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THE LATEST: 4-Star Nashville DB Keshawn Lawrence

May 21, 2019

The day after Murfreesboro (TN) four-star DB Adonis Otey‍ signed with USC, I decided to check on the No. 1 2020 prospect in Nashville the following day.

That Visit was prompted by talks I had with several people over the last few years about more kids in the southeast having far more interest in West-Coast schools than most realize. At least to the extent these kids want to visit and see what it’s like.

”There are a lot of kids in this part of the country who would love to end up on the West Coast at schools like USC and Oregon, but those schools out there don’t think they have a shot and don’t recruit much in the Southeast,” said Seneca Otey, father of recently signed USC DB Adonis Otey‍.

I departed Blackman HS after spending a few hours with the Oteys and checked the rankings of the top 2020 players in Tennessee. As luck would have it, 4-Star DB Keshawn Lawrence‍ attended Ensworth HS iabout 45 minutes from Murfreesboro.

So, I followed Lawrence on Twitter and later that night got a follow back. I sent him a DM with my phone number asking if he had any interest in Oregon, USC or other West Coast schools.

”I would love to play for USC or Oregon,” he replied via text.

We exchanged messages and set up a time to talk at Ensworth after school and before basketball practice. Lawrence is not only a four-star prospect for football, he’s also a four-star hoops prospect like Drake London‍ was this past year.

We set up a meeting at 2:50pm to talk. I at least had to find out why a big-time prospect from Nashville, TN, with offers from Clemson, Alabama, Tennessee, Florida, Auburn, Georgia, LSU and many more, was seriously intrigued with visiting USC and Oregon.

"We want to see new things, we want to see what it's like in other places of the country," said Lawrence. "We've all seen the East Coast and we want to see what the West Cast has to offer. I hear a lot of great things and I want to get out there, and see what it's like myself, what it has to offer academically. I really want to get a feel for it."

While Lawrence has serious interest in visiting both USC and Oregon, he’s a bit more familair with the Ducks.

"I know more about Oregon than I do about USC," said Lawrence. "I mean, I know a lot about USC too, with Reggie Bush, Adoree' (Jackson) and guys like that, but I have a couple of friends who are at Oregon and DeAnthony Thomas was my favorite player growing up."

USC offered Lawrence a scholarship later in February bringing his total to more than 25, but he remains humble despite the attention and accolades he’s receiving.

"I'm just taking it all in right now," said Lawrence. "It's unbelievable honestly, but as far as recruiting is concerned, I'll go anywhere. I'm not sticking to one spot, I'm not being biased for one school and I'm looking at each school to see what they have to offer."

Just to be clear, it’s going to be extremely difficult for schools out West to lure an elite player from the heart of SEC and ACC country, but Lawrence said he doesn’t know why a top school on the West Coast would believe they have no shot with him.

"It's easy to see what all the schools from here have to offer. It would be amazing to travel across the country to see what it's like.”

Asked if he would visit USC or Oregon if the Ducks offered.

"Most definitely," said Lawrence.

Lawrence hasn’t taken many school visits yet, but the visits he has taken have been to some big-time  places.

Now we’re hearing USC is ready to make a strong push for the talented Ensworth athlete and that he would ultimatelyike to take an official visit to check out what the Trojans have to offer. Otey is someone who knows Lawrence as they’ve known each other for quite a few years.

When it comes time for Lawrence to decide on a school, he listed a few items he’ll be looking for.

"There's always going to be that one school you get a certain feeling with the facilities, the people at the school, the culture at the school, the education I’ll get, how it is on game day and just how genuine the coaches are towards me." will keep you upated on when Lawrence could possibly visit. We’ll definitely see him at The Opening Finals in early July.

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