Upland (Calif.) three-star receiver Kenny Lawler has had an up-and-down recruitment thus far.
During the spring, Lawler committed to Arizona State, then this fall he adjusted his commitment to a soft verbal. Now with the firing of Arizona State’s coach, Dennis Erickson, Lawler has eliminated the program entirely from his list.
Lawler discussed the new list of programs he is now focusing on.
“I am looking at California, Oregon State, Michigan State and UCLA,” said Lawler.
As far as where he stands with the Sun Devils, Lawler says, “They are no longer in the mix, they’re just not the right fit.”
Out of all of those programs, Lawler says Cal has risen to the top of his list, especially after having the Bears passing game coordinator/wide receivers coach, Eric Kiesau stop by for an in-home visit.
“Having Coach Kiesau come by last Monday was a good experience. I liked what he had to say about their program and it has put Cal at the top of my list,” said Lawler. “Now I am just excited to go out there in person for my official.”
Lawler is planning to take his trip out to Berkeley sometime in January after the dead period ends.
After talking with Coach Kiesau, Lawler says he likes the opportunities that exist at Cal.
“When Coach Kiesau came to my house he said next year they will only have one receiver on their roster with experience and the other one is a red-shirt freshman, so they are really looking to find receivers who can come in and play right away.”
Lawler also discussed the other aspects that standout to him about the Bears football program.
“I like how they run their offense. They also have the top wide receiver in college football right now and if I were to go there I could do the same,” said Lawler. “Cal also has the second highest record in the Pac-12 for putting players into the NFL.”
The other programs that have been by to visit Lawler are Washington, Michigan State and Oregon State.
However, Washington has now been crossed of Lawler’s list because of Coach Demetrice Martin’s move to UCLA.
“Coach Martin came by last week for an in-home visit, but (this week) he took a job at UCLA,” said Lawler.
Speaking of the Bruins, Lawler received a phone call on Tuesday evening from UCLA’s new head coach Jim Mora.
“He seemed like a really cool guy and he seems to be bringing in quite a staff,” said Lawler.
Michigan State and Oregon State are the other two programs Lawler is still strongly considering.
“Michigan State has a good overall record. They have a great program and were close to getting a championship this year,” said Lawler. “Oregon State is in the mix because I like the pro-style offense they run. The also have a really talented quarterback who is a red–shirt freshman, who threw for over 3,300 yards this year and is just going to get better.”