Wide Receiver Lawrence Cager Updates His Recruitment after Receiving an Ohio State Offer

By Jordan Wagner on July 26, 2014 at 9:15a
Lawrence Cager taking on Ohio State commit Tyler Green at The Opening.

Three-star wide receiver Lawrence Cager was one of the top players to attend Ohio State's Friday Night Lights camp yesterday and he did not disappoint, as he was one of the camp's top performers. 

Following his impressive performance, Cager received the good news from Urban Meyer. 

"I was eating a cheeseburger when they came to my table," he told Eleven Warriors following Friday's camp. "They told me they had forgotten to tell me that I had an offer to play here at Ohio State. I almost spit out my cheeseburger. I didn't know how to react but it was a funny experience."

The Maryland native came to Columbus with intentions of landing the coveted offer. He says he wasn't surprised by the offer since Meyer told him earlier in the night that they needed to talk later, but the timing was unexpected.

The Buckeyes have yet to land a wide receiver in 2015, but Cager will definitely be one of their top targets moving forward. The 6-foot-5, 202-pound receiver could finally give Ohio State a big target for quarterbacks. 

"I love Ohio State," the excited wide receiver prospect said after landing an offer from Ohio State. "It was my dream school growing up, so it's definitely a big offer for me."

Just how big of an offer is it? It didn't take Cager long to move the Buckeyes right up to the top of his growing offer list. 

"They're definitely a top school right now on my list," he said. "Probably number one."

Alabama, Tennessee and Virginia Tech are three schools that he is still seriously considering. Cager is still getting things in order after having a big recruiting week. 

"It hasn't been too crazy for me," he said as he talked about his busy week. "Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee and now Ohio State offered. It has been a hectic week, but Ohio State is definitely the highlight of it."

"The Team Up North and USC are two schools standing out," Cager said of the schools that are in contact but have not yet offered. 

Yes, he really referred to Michigan as The Team Up North. Cager has been an Ohio State fan since the Troy Smith era, so he says he's used to calling Michigan that. He did note that Michigan is still a great school despite the rivalry. 

While it is common to hear prospects rave about the atmosphere and facilities, which Cager did, he decided to focus on the family aspect that Meyer's staff has been pushing. 

"It felt like family," the fast-rising prospect noted. "Coach Zach [Smith] coached me like I was already an Ohio State receiver. He held me in high regard."

Not only did Cager get a chance to earn an offer, he also had a chance to catch up with good friend Torrance Gibson. He mentioned getting the opportunity to chat and play catch with the five-star signal caller as one of the highlights of his night. 

The offer to Cager might significantly help Ohio State's chances of landing Gibson and two other highly regarded recruits. 

"I think he loved it," Cager said of Gibson. "We're trying to go to the same school. We've been talking about it a lot. We really hit it off at The Opening."

"Ohio State is a top school we've been talking about. Really the only other school we have talked about was Tennessee. Me, Torrance, Van Jefferson and Drew Richmond have all been talking."

While Friday Night Lights has helped put Ohio State in the driver's seat for Cager, he still plans to take things slowly. It will be a long battle for the three-star wide receiver.

"Probably at the Army All-American game," he said of the timetable for a potential decision. "I'll know which school I'm committing to before the game, so I'll let the coaches know."

A decision could be a long time away, but Ohio State is in a great position to land the three-star Maryland prospect. 


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gumtape's picture

Me, Torrance, Van Jefferson and Drew Richmond have all been talking

High and tight boo boo

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buckeyedude's picture

I'm surprised he only has three stars with his offer list.



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johnblairgobucks's picture

I guess stars matter to some, when that is all you have to go by.  Have always been a much bigger fan of Buckeye Leaf helmet stickers.

Just here to master the obvious.

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buckeyedude's picture

I don't put too much faith in the * ratings John, but it can be a good starting point in evaluating these kids.



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johnblairgobucks's picture

For sure, but when guys like Antonio Smith, Hawk and lil Animal blossom into their potential through hard work and good college coaching, the Buckeye leaves plastered on both sides of their helmets are what we will truely remember, as huge Buckeye fans.

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Mizzillion's picture
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buckeyeradar's picture

That's a nice tall target.  He's on my wish list.  

I may not be the sharpest crayon in the box but I'm one of the most colorful.

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FitzBuck's picture

I'm surprised with a lot of recruits listed as 3 stars this year.  This could be one of those years we look back on in disbelief that x player was a 3 star ie Shazier and Little animal.  

Fitzbuck | Toledo - Ohio's right armpit | "A troll by any other name is still a troll".

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CC's picture

RDS was the 4th rated lb in the nation per scout if I recall.

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buckeyeguy0615's picture

Except Shazier wasn't a 3 star.

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FitzBuck's picture

I stand corrected.  Consensus 4 star

Fitzbuck | Toledo - Ohio's right armpit | "A troll by any other name is still a troll".

Buckeyeneer's picture

He was fun to watch. One of my favorite parts of the night was to see Urban walking around and when somebody high on his radar would run a drill. He would stop, watch, and then throw them back to the front of the line to do it again. That helped with telling you who to watch. Urban put Cager to the front of the line several times. As well as Austin Mack.

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

THE Ohio State University


Burns my ass when I read, "He's only a 3-star." This has been said a million times before, just because they're 3 stars doesn't mean they're terrible and some kind of reject. We all know ESPIN manipulates their rankings to suit their SEC contract. Most times that list is WAY off and that list DOES have some sway over the other rankings. Any list that wouldn't have the likes of James Laurinaitis, AJ Hawk or Malcom Jenkins among their top players is full of garbage worthy of being burned. Urban knows talent better than anyone. Very glad to have all of these kids and love how excited they are to be Buckeyes. That's the best part for me.

"Sherman ran an option play right through the south" - Greatest Civil War analogy EVER.

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Abe Froman's picture

You gotta like that he covets the offer AND he already refers to "That team up north..."  Seems like his is wrapped up already...... Sweep the leg Daniel!!!!!

Basking in the wake of mediocrity.....

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KBonay's picture

Size. We need that size!

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BayCountyBuck's picture

And to think many of us were a little nervous earlier this summer. The crafty Half-Centurion at the controls and his fuse lighting man of "Boom" have the table set again. Thanks for all the updates guys, sounds by all accounts to have been a great FNL.

When I was 6 I was thinking about this rivalry. This one is seared on your soul, It's ingrained through every part of your body. -Urban Meyer

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Great news!  Can't wait to see how this one develops.  I like our chances with Urban and the guys taking care of business.

Go Bucks!

Rogabone's picture

Ohio State is a top school we've been talking about. Really the only other school we have talked about was Tennessee. Me, Torrance, Van Jefferson and Drew Richmond have all been talking."

"Who is that madman?" the new arrival asked St. Peter.

"That's God," St. Peter replied. "But he thinks he's Woody Hayes."

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aerobuck's picture

The Gibson, Cager, Richmond, Jefferson, UT connection is giving me a nervous feeling.

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MN Buckeye's picture

Actually, it's giving me a good feeling.

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EvanstonBuckeye's picture

Amen. I'm glad we're in so many top two's and three's, but with the possibility for all of them to go to Tennessee, it's precarious. The Vols already have 22 commits.... oh, who am I fooling talking about SEC class sizes?

DC-town's picture

Yeah good example of why the haters need to stay off the pages when a 3syar commits...we've seen them work out and ill trust Meyer and the coaching staff to make an eval-

great weekend...a few months ago there was panic and now the scholly numbers are really tight

'Piss excellence' -RB

Chip's picture

I agree, but what bugs me is when people go crazy when we land 5-star talent, then completely dismiss the predictive value of the rankings when we land a three star.  You can't have it both ways.

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Dirty419Boy's picture

Did anyone else think we lead for a basketball recruit after reading the headline?

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Rob Reese's picture

"Ohio State is a top school we've been talking about. Really the only other school we have talked about was Tennessee. Me, Torrance, Van Jefferson and Drew Richmond have all been talking."

Alumni lounge attracts pretty people
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TobyMagic's picture

Seems like our class could have a lot riding on the live commits during the various All American games.. 

coolhand850's picture

I am not worried about our talent pool. Meyer is assembling 2 or 3 all-star teams, and he will continue to do so. It is all about playing the right guys and rotating them correctly, especially on the DLine. My starting defense would consist of Eli Apple, and Doran Grant both playing the role of man to man shutdown corners. Tyvis Powell, and Vonn Bell at the safeties. Armani Reeves and Gareon Conley at nickel occassionally. Raekwon, Perry, and Lee at linebacker with Grant and Johnson as backups. The best Defensive Line in the country would be 8 deep, rotating all game, with Bosa and Spence being the clear anchors. Adolphus, Schutt, Steve Miller, Michael Hill, Chris Carter, Rashaad Frazier, Jalyn Holmes all being used significantly. Steve Miller is an All American anywhere else. I hated losing the beast, Jamal Marcus. He should have played MLB for us last year and never come off the field. Players that must start are Eli Apple, McMillan, Michael Thomas, Dontre/Jalin Marshall, and Baugh/ Heurman, and of course Chad Lindsay at Center. Players that are recipes for disaster are Pittsburgh Brown, Jacoby Boren, Evan Spencer(brings nothing but blocking at WR??)..Curtis Grant(forget him). Elliott will be a great back, and Rod Smith should be utilized like Brandon Saine-both great pass catchers out of the backfield!! In a perfect world all this happens, along with Braxton being Braxton and praying hard he stays healthy. If Eli Apple, Michael Thomas, and Raekwoh don't start, which chances are they won't, is a serious mistake! No championships possible with those 3 on the sidelines. IMO YOU CAN TAKE IT TO THE BANK! Anyway I am excited, and hope they can recover  from last year. With Larry Johnson And Ash running last year's D we could have won it all, but you had to play Apple at corner and moved Roby to free safety, and played Steve Miller and Jamal Marcus much more, along with Vonn Bell especially after Bryant went down. Michael Thomas had to be your second go to guy in the pass game, if not first. It depends if you think Philly Brown was a better target than Keyshaun Johnson's nephew or whatever. Just food for thought!!

mtrotb's picture

No room for All-American Michael Bennett on your defensive line??


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southbay's picture

Did you stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night?

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allinosu's picture

I love your passion but how many games have you seen McMillan play at the college level to know he is that good. I'm excited also. I want to see the silver bullets back better than ever but it's just my HUMBLE opinion Grant still has a big part to play other than backup.

Hovenaut's picture

Do the people who gripe about star ratings stop to consider how fortunate they are to be fans of a football program that can choose who they would like to come and play for them?

Stop seeing stars...read about these kids.

Maybe I'm just a three star fan...don't know, don't care.


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ScarletGray43157's picture

The post title "OSU on Top for Cager" made me think that this was a Thad Matta recruiting article for a minute. 

In old Ohio there's a team that's known throughout the land...

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southbay's picture

Same here, although I have never understood what the word "cage" has to do with basketball.  Things like that bother me, I feel like I'm not in on the joke, but it's usually just something some sports writer came up with.

Mr. Cager does sound like he will be a dangerous receiver.

Edit: From sportsknowhow.com, on the early history of basketball, c. 1900:

Because basketball was often played on dance floors and in social halls, wire cages were placed around the court to protect spectators who sat in chairs surrounding the court. (Think of how hockey boards surround a rink.) These wire cages caused numerous cuts and scrapes. Players rejoiced with the wire was replaced with rope netting. To this day, basketball players are still referred to as “cagers.”

Who knew?

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