Trevor Lawrence arrived on Clemson’s campus in January with perhaps the highest expectations of any player in school history.
Lawrence is the first No. 1 overall recruit the Tigers have signed as multiple outlets, including Rivals and 247Sports, believe he is the top player in the class of 2018.
The US Army National Player of the Year is adjusting well to college life, according to quarterbacks coach Brandon Streeter. Streeter, who is also Clemson’s recruiting coordinator, landed Lawrence out of Cartersville High in Cartersville, Ga.
“Very much so as far as the smooth transition,” Streeter said when asked if Lawrence is doing well. “He is beaming every time I see him in the hallway or up here getting something to eat. He is just excited about being here. He’s made a bunch of friends; he knew a lot of them already. But he’s really, really enjoying being here in college.”
Lawrence is also expected to make a smooth transition once the Tigers begin spring practice in about three weeks.
He is listed at 6-foot-5, 205 pounds on Clemson’s updated roster, and recruiting experts have raved about his elite arm strength.
“There’s no doubt he’s going to make a great adjustment on the field. He has shown that throughout the recruiting process. You knew that he understood the big picture and has all the tools, has the intangibles, and he’s a go-getter,” Streeter said. “When you have the combination of those things, with the talent that he has, he has a chance to be very, very special. He’s been working hard, there’s no doubt.”
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney spoke with ESPN on Signing Day, and while he does not like comparing players, he did say that Lawrence is further along physically than any quarterback recruit he has seen.
“Physically it’s rare that you see a guy come in so ready. Deshaun Watson was 180 pounds when he got here. So mentally he was off the charts, but he had to physically develop to mature into his potential. Trevor’s just physically further along than any freshman quarterback walking in here off the street,” Swinney said. “This guy has got all the tools. I can’t wait to start working with him. I’m so excited… He’s a very laid back, very focused, very easy demeanor, and I’m excited about seeing him on the practice field competing with these other very, very good guys that we’ve got.”
Swinney also expects Lawrence to be ready mentally.
The five-star prospect was his team’s starting quarterback beginning in ninth grade and went 52-2 as a starter during his high school career.
He led Cartersville to a stretch of 41 consecutive wins.
“Obviously we haven’t coached him yet so we’ll see where he is mentally, but he’s coming out of an incredible program,” Swinney said. “How he’s been coached there and developed in their system… I’ll be very surprised if once we get into the meetings if his attitude is not off the charts.”