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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