Miami picked up a surprising new member of its 2015 recruiting class Thursday when coveted quarterback Dwayne Lawson pledged to the Hurricanes, per 247Sports reporter Ryan Bartow.
The 4-star Tampa prospect hadn't mentioned Miami as a favorite during recent interviews, making this a decision that should turn heads across the country. Coach Al Golden lands an athlete who had several suitors in the Sunshine State and beyond.
Lawson's offer list includes Ole Miss, Michigan State, West Virginia and Louisville. In late April, he told 247Sports reporter Luke Stampini (subscription required) his top four collegiate options were Tennessee, UCF, Ohio State and Florida.
The Hurricanes, who extended an offer in February, never seemed to be at the center of his recruitment. Lawson was projected to commit to UCF by 75 percent of expert predictions in 247Sports' Crystal Ball.
"Main thing is whatever fits me best," he told Stampini last month. "I want to go up to a situation I can see myself playing in a system that allows me to do what I can do."
The 6'5", 210-pound Hillsborough High School playmaker enjoyed a tremendous junior campaign.
Lawson completed 114 passes for 2,120 yards and 22 touchdowns. He also flashed skills as a rusher in the open field, gaining 1,068 yards and scoring nine touchdowns on the ground.
During the past two seasons, Lawson produced 5,073 total offensive yards and 48 touchdowns. He is rated No. 10 nationally among pro-style quarterback prospects in 247Sports' composite rankings.
Miami now holds 11 commitments in the 2015 class, including three 4-star prospects. Lawson is the fourth player to pledge to the Hurricanes since April 12, joining fellow in-state standouts Dexter Williams (running back; Winter Garden), Jordan Cronkrite (athlete; Miami) and Scott Patchan (defensive end; Tampa).
The class currently rates No. 9 nationally in 247Sports' composite team rankings.
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