Calvert Hall WR Lawrence Cager makes boyhood dream come true, signs with Miami
When Calvert Hall wide receiver Lawrence Cager committed to Miami on national television during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Jan. 3, he still wasn't certain he would end up there. He wavered between Miami and Alabama, a decision he pondered until Wednesday.
"It also came down to them on signing day -- just praying on it, going to sleep on it, thinking about it, asking family and friends, 'Which one should I go to? Which one's the better move?' At the end of the day, I really think Miami fit my personality better. I'm a guy that likes to have fun and it suits my family as well with a top-notch education as well as playing top-notch football."
At a National Signing Day ceremony Wednesday afternoon at Calvert Hall, Cager solidified his commitment to the Hurricanes by signing his national letter of intent.
"It felt great, very surreal," Cager said. "I've been dreaming about this since I was a little boy. I've been telling my dad no matter what sport, I'm going to sign and get a free scholarship anywhere, so signing and earning four years of school is a blessing."
Three of Cager's teammates also signed -- defensive back Bryan Marine with Bucknell and quarterback Kenji Bahar with Monmouth. Cardinals All-Metro defensive back Dionte Austin also signed his letter of intent Wednesday in Arlington, Texas, where he is preparing to play in the International Bowl vs. Canada Saturday as part of the U.S. Under-19 football team.
Cager, however, ranked among the area's highest-profile football signees, along with Franklin lineman Patrick Allen (Georgia), Gilman quarterback Kai Locksley (Texas) and Glenelg lineman David Robbins (Florida State).
A three-star prospect rated the No. 44 wide receiver in the Class of 2015 by Rivals.com, Cager caught a touchdown pass in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. During the live NBC broadcast, he announced his commitment by picking a Miami hat over those from Alabama, Georgia and Virginia Tech.
Ever since then, his prolific presence on Twitter worked up fans from Miami as well as other programs that thought their teams might be in the running for the 6-foot-5, 200-pound wide receiver.
At Miami, Cager, who had 52 catches last fall for 604 yards and six touchdowns despite being targeted by opposing teams' defensive schemes, said he thinks he can get on the field as a freshman.
"I think I'll fit it quite well," he said. "Now they have little slot receivers, but now coming in as a big receiver that can run and go get the ball, I think I'll fit in as a freshman perfectly."
Despite its ups and downs, the recruiting process was something he enoyed.
"It was fun in the beginning until it got down to signing day and all the schools just tried to get me to flip," Cager said. "I had fun with it. I got to go various places like The Opening, the U.S. Army All-American game, really just had fun meeting people, meeting other recruits, building relationships with them [as] possible teammates or playing against them or [as] future teammates at the next level if I get there. It was a great experience for me."