Cartersville football players Trevor Lawrence and Trey Creamer have been keeping busy this spring preparing for their title defense next season.
However, the pair took a break Saturday to go visit the campuses of schools recruiting them. Lawrence made the trip to Athens to visit Georgia, while Creamer went to Wake Forest.
Before the visits, Lawrence received his 20th offer from defending national champ Alabama Thursday.
Creamer’s recruitment also has been ramping up as he now has four offers from Wake Forest, Cincinnati, Mercer and Central Michigan. He received the last three during a four-day span last week.
“These guys getting the attention they’re getting and putting our program on the map is just a reward for their hard work and their individual ability as well,” Cartersville head coach Joey King said of Lawrence and Creamer. “Both of those kids are really good students. That’s one of those areas we’re really trying to crank up. We’ve got some good athletes. We just want to make sure we have good student-athletes because the possibility for recognition and exposure greatly increases if you’re a strong student as well.”
Lawrence visits UGA
The No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2018, Lawrence said he enjoyed his visit to Athens Saturday and got to talk to the coaching staff and tour the facilities.
He said Georgia and Tennessee are his top two schools right now, and that those two schools along with Clemson and Florida have been recruiting him the hardest.
“I want to hopefully commit by the end of the summer, so I would say, after a couple of more visits to where I’ve already been at and some new places, I should know by the end of this summer,” Lawrence said of his timeline for a commitment. “I’ve limited it down to about four or five, and I’m only visiting those schools. Some other schools I haven’t been too interested in, if they start recruiting me a lot harder, then I’ll definitely take a look at it.”
Lawrence is planning on going on a few more visits this summer, in addition to attending camps, including the MVP camp and The Opening regional camp.
“In the spring, I think I’m going to Tennessee, Florida over spring break,” he said. “I’ll probably go back to Tennessee and Georgia, and then maybe one more that I haven’t been to yet. I don’t know which one.”
Lawrence also was offered by Alabama Thursday, providing a potential opportunity for he and Cartersville teammate Miller Forristall to reunite.
“He’s excited. He’s been trying to get me to go up there,” Lawrence said of Forristall’s reaction to the offer. “So it’s pretty cool. He said he loves it. He’s enjoying himself.”
Lawrence said Alabama head coach Nick Saban was under the impression that Alabama had already offered him during the high school season.
“I guess coach Saban, he said he thought he offered me when I came to a game there,” Lawrence said. “That’s why they hadn’t been talking to me as much, but they told me [Thursday] I had an offer. ... He thought he did offer me and he didn’t. So he just wanted me to call him [Thursday] and he told me.”
While Lawrence is considering his options to play at the next level, he has been working hard at Cartersville to prepare for an ultra-competitive nonregion schedule in 2016.
“I’m excited about it. I think it’ll be good experience for me and the whole team,” he said of the nonregion schedule. “I’m working with my quarterback coach, coach [Michael] Bail, for next season, and I’m just lifting a lot, trying to gain weight.”
Creamer enjoys Wake Forest
Creamer received offers from Cincinnati, Mercer and Central Michigan last week.
However, the first school that offered him was Wake Forest, which is where he visited Saturday to tour the campus.
“It was amazing,” Creamer said of the visit. “We went and toured the campus, got to see all the classrooms, got to see where I’d be staying if I were a freshman if I were there. The stadium was beautiful, so it was an all-around great experience.”
Creamer said Wake Forest has made an early impression on him, but he is not ready to make a decision.
“I would honestly say, Wake Forest would be at the top of my list. I already can see being there,” he said. “I’m not trying to jump the gun too soon, but I really like it at Wake Forest.”
The Demon Deacons have been recruiting Creamer on the defensive side of the ball.
“[Wake Forest wants] me at defensive back. Corner is where they’re looking for me to start. I really like where they’re going as a program,” Creamer said. “Cincinnati, they like me on both sides of the ball. I was looking forward to going up there on a visit. I might make it March 12.”
While Creamer’s recruitment has ratcheted up, so has his schedule. He is looking to have a big track season while working on getting stronger in the weight room. Since the offseason began, he has went from 220 pounds to 235 on the bench press, squatting 340 pounds to 370 pounds, and is now cleaning 250 pounds, up from 230.
“I actually am [busy], but I’ve been able to juggle it around,” he said. “I’m trying to keep my head straight, focus on my grades. That comes first, but at the same time, practicing my sport that I’m currently at.”
King expects Creamer’s recruitment to continue to increase as spring practice rolls around.
“I think through spring ball and, once people see him a little bit more, he’ll get a little bit more attention,” King said. “... Georgia State is probably going to offer him. ... He’s got an impressive highlight tape, and once they see how long and how quick he is — and he’s actually done a really good job in the weight room for us in the offseason and put up some numbers that are pretty impressive for somebody as skinny as him — he’ll get a little more attention. He’s busting it and working hard. And, like I said, he’s a good student. So all of that is kind of just icing on the cake.”