Blake Lawrence

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Blake Lawrence

LB, 6-2, 200, Shawnee Mission, Kan.
(Shawnee Mission HS)


Linebacker Blake Lawrence comes to Nebraska after an impressive prep career at Shawnee Mission West High School in Kansas. Lawrence was named the Gatorade Kansas High School Player of the Year after an impressive senior season for Coach Tim Callaghan. Lawrence was a dominant two-way player at Shawnee Mission West, starting at quarterback as a senior, while continuing as a defensive stalwart. On defense, Lawrence played both safety and linebacker and had 60 tackles, a pair of sacks and three interceptions. On offense, Lawrence completed 68-of-131 passes for 1,329 yards and 15 touchdowns, while throwing just three interceptions. Lawrence was also a running threat, picking up 483 yards on 71 carries, while reaching the end zone 15 times on the ground. His performance led Shawnee Mission West to the state Class 6A title game. In addition to his Gatorade Player-of-the-Year honors, Lawrence earned all-state and All-Metro honors from the Kansas City Star. Lawrence is ranked as a four-star prospect by and is listed as the top overall recruit in the state of Kansas. Rivals also ranks him as the nation's No. 18 outside linebacker prospect, while lists him the 17th-best prospect at weakside linebacker. SuperPrep Magazine ranked Lawrence as the No. 30 linebacker in the country and the No. 26 prospect in the Midlands Region. As a junior, Lawrence served as the backup quarterback for his older brother, Tyler, and starred on defense. Blake tallied 90 tackles, including 13 tackles for loss, while recording four sacks and forcing four fumbles. For his efforts, the top-notch linebacker received all-conference, all-county, all-metro and all-state honors. Lawrence is also one of the top scholars at his school, maintaining better than 4.0 cumulative grade-point average. Lawrence received numerous scholarship offers and chose the Huskers after also visiting Kansas. Lawrence is the son of Lisa Heath and Mike Lawrence and was born on March 21, 1989.


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