December 16, 2008

Lawrence set for January enrollment

Three-star safety Cameron Lawrence had planned for over a year to graduate high school this month and enroll at Mississippi State and go through spring football practice.

But when Sylvester Croom resigned two weeks ago, Lawrence's plans were put on hold waiting to see who the Bulldogs would bring in.

"It was definitely a weird situation especially for me because I am graduating early," Lawrence said. "I needed to make a decision pretty soon. (When Sylvester Croom resigned) it kind of threw a monkey wrench in things as far as making a decision on a school because you don't know who your head football coach is going to be. But when they released the name I was very pleased that Coach (Dan) Mullen was going to be our coach."

With Mullen now at the helm things are back on track for the 6-foot-2, 202-pounder from Senatobia, Miss., to join his brother Addison Lawrence in Starkville.

"I finished up my last exam (Monday)," Lawrence said. "All that I am concentrating on now is working out and getting a little faster. I'm looking forward to the spring and spring football practice. I'm trying to get ready for that."

During his senior season , Lawrence helped Magnolia Heights to a 10-2 record and finished as the MPSA AAA Division II runner up. He ran for 1,212 yards and 18 touchdowns while passing for four more scores. On defense he made 119 tackles including nine for loss, two interceptions and one fumble recovery. Lawrence also returned a punt for a touchdown for the Chiefs.

Lawrence was also a member of the prestigious Dandy Dozen selected by the Jackson Clarion Ledger.

Lawrence believes by enrolling early and participating in spring practice will not only help him adjust to college life but also give him a leg up on playing time when the fall rolls around.

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