Four-Star Wide Receiver Lawrence Cager Cut List to Seven Schools

By Jeremy Birmingham on August 9, 2014 at 9:01p

When Lawrence Cager visited Ohio State for the first time, barely three weeks ago at Friday Night Lights, he left campus with an offer and a declared leader in his recruitment and a funny story that involved Urban Meyer and a cheeseburger.

"They told me they had forgotten to tell me that I had an offer to play here at Ohio State," Cager told 11W following the Buckeyes biggest camp of the summer. "I almost spit out my cheeseburger. I didn't know how to react but it was a funny experience.They're definitely a top school right now on my list...Probably number one.""

The trip to Ohio State was the last trip in a whirlwind summer for the 6-foot-5, 200 pounder from Towson, Maryland. A summer that saw trips to Alabama, Tennessee, Ohio, Oregon and a handful of others, Cager saw himself go from a relative unknown to holding offers from many of college football's elite. Tonight he has trimmed his list to seven final schools. Of those seven, the only school he's scheduled an official visit to — Ohio State — remains at the top of his list. He'll be back in Columbus on September 6th as the Buckeyes host Virginia Tech under the lights in Columbus.


"Ohio State was always the place I wanted to be and the offer I wanted. I grew up loving Ohio State," Cager told 11W as he released his final seven schools. "I think that's enough said about the Buckeyes, and people can infer from that whatever they'd like to."

After the Buckeyes, things are a bit less clear for the Army All-American, although the quality of the options don't drop off even a little bit. Here are the remaining six schools that made the final cut and why.


"Alabama is Alabama, it's a tradition of winning football season-after-season and consistent national championship game appearances. I love coach (Lane) Kiffin and (wide receiver's) coach (Billy) Napier and especially coach (Nick) Saban. My good friend Minkah Fitzpatrick is already committed there as well."

Notre Dame

"Notre Dame has great academics as well as good football teams all throughout their history. They always find a good quarterback to get their receivers the ball and it is just a great program. Ashton White is consistently in my ear about them about how he wants me there with him.


"Tennessee is "wide receiver U," who wouldn't want to be a part of the history and tradition of producing great wide receivers? (Wide receivers coach) Zach Azzanni is a great coach and Butch Jones is a very down to earth and tells me I can call him anytime i need anything from him. They're building something special there."

Virginia Tech

"I've had the best relationship with Coach (Aaron) Morehead since my freshman year in high school. Virginia Tech needs an impact receiver and I think I could be that guy, and that's what they tell me when we talk. They've got a good history of success and a lot to offer anyone."

Wake Forest

"Coach (Dave) Clawson is always telling me that I could be the face of Wake Forest football for all my years there. If I went there I would start immediately and have a chance to make an instant impact on their offense. That's a big draw plus he's had a lot of success where ever he's coached in the past.


"Rutgers is similar to Wake Forest in a way. They've got a program on the rise and they're looking for players to come in and make an impact immediately. Coach (Kyle) Flood is hoping to turn things around there and I could be a part of them turning the corner."




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Ghbuck23's picture

Kid is Huge .. Split End ? 

Win Baby , Win

ODEEZ330's picture


stark county football

Murph32's picture

"Wide receiver U"??

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Killer nuts's picture

Right?! I'll take Galloway, Glenn, Boston, Jenkins, Holmes, Gonzalez, Ginn all day

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whiskeyjuice's picture

If Urban keeps up these interests and recruiting classes, pretty soon the SEC will have to recruit up to the B1G.

"Championships are not won on Saturdays in November. Championships are won on Tuesdays in August." -- Kerry Combs

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

5-7 U.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

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1stYrBuckIClub's picture

I spit out my morning Yeungling when I read that. But I needed the laugh.

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Seattle Linga's picture

I love his highlights - he's got room to improve and I'm glad he wants to be here

Groveport Heisman's picture

Hopefully this won't be a case where a kid that grew up a Buckeye fan got a late offer after other elites offered and found what he thinks is a better college destination. We need this kid here. These are the type of kids we should offer early and seal the deal.

Mark my words..I don't need acceptance. I'm catching interceptions on you innocent pedestrians.

OH1O State's picture

Tennessee players in the NFL:
4 Wide Receivers.

Ohio State players in the NFL:
6 Wide Receivers.

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clogan1032's picture

I'll tweet him. Don't worry, I'm on it. 

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Seattle Linga's picture

Just make sure to include Bass Dropper ....

FROMTHE18's picture

very interesting collection of teams. Wake making the same list with Alabama and OSU, intriguing. 

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What Would Troy Smith Do's picture

This is clearly a case of his offers being a lot more telling than his star ranking.  Kid is a composite 3 star, but when you look at the offers he has not to mention the ones just in his top it sure looks like quite a few coaches who know what they are doing want this kid.

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bbb's picture

Maybe. I can't say I was wowed by his highlights

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Groveport Heisman's picture

Try watching them again without that dick in your butt.  Promise it will work.=)

Mark my words..I don't need acceptance. I'm catching interceptions on you innocent pedestrians.

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USMC11917's picture

Dude, come on. Really think that's appropriate?

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MJB15's picture

Just step away from the computer when you're that hammered. 

bbb's picture

lmao thanks for the advice!

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jpbuckeye's picture

I read that as his speaking from experience...

                           Not that there is anything wrong with that. Just not my cup of tea.

dabuckeyemike's picture

I could imagine this guy catching fades all day long in the shoe. Would be a red zone nightmare if he packed on 20-30 lbs

Bellevue Buckeye. the Most Important Play Of The Game Is Punt.

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MikeEagleBuckeye's picture

With Tyler Green, Cager, and potentially Dwayne Haskins next cycle, I'm smelling a nice MD pipeline in the brewing!

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DaytonBuck1980's picture

"Ohio State was always the place I wanted to be and the offer I wanted. I grew up loving Ohio State," Cager told 11W as he released his final seven schools. "I think that's enough said about the Buckeyes, and people can infer from that whatever they'd like to."

ill infer that that means he'll be a Buckeye! 

Still not giving a damn for the whole state of Michigan. 

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gumtape's picture

The rutgers coach is Kyle Floor? This is not good news for Rutgers in their recruitment.

in other news Dana Horsewomen is still the coach of wvu.

I was joking birm, I love you man. I thought it was a mistake on the recruit's part.

High and tight boo boo

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Jeremy Birmingham's picture

O hai guy who never had a typo. Cool.

GreatLakesMike's picture

How often do the recruiting services update their rankings? That seems like quite a list for only a 3 star.

BuckeyesMJ's picture

I'm calling verbal commitment the day after the Va Tech game! 

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