Richard Davenport has been a recruiting columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette since 2007. He also hosts Recruiting Thursday each Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m. statewide.
Baltimore receiver with big upside may visit Arkansas
BEAVERTON, Ore. Arkansas may get a visit from a baseball/soccer player turned major college receiver prospect.
Lawrence Cager III, 6-5, 200, 4.62 seconds in the 40 yard dash, of Towson, Maryland Calvert Hall reports approximately 34 scholarship offers, including Arkansas, Maryland, North Carolina, Rutgers, Oklahoma State and Boston College. Video highlights CLICK HERE
He started playing football as a sophomore after developing an impressive resume in baseball and soccer.
“I came as a kicker because I was a highly ranked soccer player and I was nationally ranked baseball player,” Cager said. “I didn’t want to hurt my baseball career. I use to play receiver when I played in rec. My receiver coach told me I could go to the NFL playing receiver.”
His athleticism allowed him to record 6-8 in the high jump during the spring. He recorded a 3.94 pro-shuttle, 39.1- inch vertical and had a 35 power ball toss during the SPARQ prelims at The Opening.
Cager and other prospects may make Arkansas a stop on their tour of SEC schools.
“I think we might stop by Arkansas because we’re going to Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky,” he said. “So I think our coaches are talking about going to Arkansas.”
Trying to narrow his list of schools in a daunting task.
“It’s tough because every program wants you to be there and be the man,” Cager said. “ But you just have to find the best program for you and where you think you’ll do well at and get the best academic and best athletic opportunity to go to the NFL and get a job afterward."
He prides himself in being a physical receiver that gives defensive backs fits.
“I get into the weight room so I like to muscle and catch the ball on top of them,” Cager said. “When I start to do that, they start to press up a little bit and I just out run them.”