T.J. Lawrence, the 6-foot-1.5, 190-pound four-star wide receiver from Kathleen Senior High School in Lakeland, Fla., attended the Florida/Tennessee game on Sept. 14, but not for an official visit.
"It was crazy there," Lawrence said, describing the atmosphere. "The fans are wild and they say that Florida is one of the toughest stadiums to play in and now I see why. You can't hear yourself at all. It's just so loud the whole time.
"Florida is looking really awesome this season and are blowing teams out," he said. "I really didn't think they would beat a team like Tennessee like that (59-20)."
Lawrence, ranked the No. 51 wide receiver in the country by Scout.com, says the Gators now lead slightly over South Carolina, Virginia Tech, Boise State and LSU. All of his favorites have offered according to Lawrence, but he doesn’t have any official visits scheduled yet. "We've been talking about setting up some trips and hopefully I'll have a couple set soon."
He says the school that is recruiting him the hardest is South Carolina. "I like that coach Steve Spurrier likes to throw the ball a lot," he said. "It's a great offense to go into and they say that they'd use me deep and get me the ball."
One game that Lawrence is really looking forward to is Florida/LSU. "It's gonna be a great game when they play," he said. "They both are pretty balanced and it's hard to tell who has the edge, but Florida has to go to LSU, so that's gonna be pretty tough."
Lawrence says that the real reason that LSU is even in his top five is because of their performance against Virginia Tech, another school on his list. "I really thought that Virginia Tech would do better," he said. "It was their game against LSU that really made me realize how awesome LSU was. They really shocked me this season because I didn't think they'd come out and be that good."
Although Boise State is farther away than any other team on Lawrence's top five list, he claims that won't be a factor. "Distance doesn’t matter, but I would like my family to see me play," Lawrence said. "Boise State has a good program and I just really like the coaches a lot. I really get along with them well.
"I have to have a great relationship with the coaches," he said. "That's going to be really important."
Lawrence has already caught 18 balls for 220 yards and four touchdowns. Kathleen High School is 2-1.
Lawrence reports a 2.5 core GPA and a 17 ACT, which he is retaking in October.