Virginia Tech secured its first verbal commitment from a quarterback in the 2015 recruiting cycle. Hillsborough (Tampa, Florida) dual-threat signal caller Dwayne Lawson committed to the Hokies today during the Semper Fidelis Bowl. ESPN, Rivals and 247Sports rate Lawson as a 4-star prospect.
Lawson originally verballed to the University of Miami on May 15th, but decommitted from the 'Canes on December 19th.
I want to thank all the coaches at the university of Miami for the opportunity but I've chosen to go another route in this recruitment.— Dwayne Lawson (@dlaw95) December 19, 2014
Lawson had an impressive senior season, statistically speaking, and the ESPN.com scouting report lauds the potential of the ESPN 300 prospect.
Overall, Lawson may have as much physical upside as any prospect in this class at the position regardless of category. He possesses all arm power, measurables and athleticism that cannot be taught. However, he is raw, but also very exciting. He reminds us a lot of what Cam Newton looked like coming out of high school. No, we're not saying he is Cam Newton, but the physical skill set, ceiling for development and measurables are all eerily similar. This guy could be a dynamic, monster signal caller in the shotgun spread offense that wants run production from the quarterback position. Expect his stock to rise considerably as a senior. Top tier talent.
After an impressive 2014 freshman season, Miami sophomore Brad Kaaya seemingly has the Hurricanes quarterback job wrapped up for the foreseeable future. The 6-5, 210 pound Lawson who took an official visit to Tech on 11/28 will have a chance to compete for playing time much sooner in Blacksburg. Incumbent starter Michael Brewer had an up-and-down campaign in 2014, and will be a senior in 2015. Soon-to-be junior Brenden Motley was a playmaker in the Wild Turkey package, but only completed 1 of 3 attempted passes. True freshmen Andrew Ford and Chris Durkin were highly regarded 2014 signees, but both redshirted and haven't had an opportunity to establish themselves.
Lawson's highlights from each game of his senior season are available on his Hudl.