Lakewood’s Anthony Lawrence Jr. did not feel the need to drag out his recruiting process.
So four days after visiting UCF, the 6-foot-7 junior guard had his mind made up by committing to the Knights.
“I just really liked the campus, and the coaches,” Lawrence said. “A big selling point for me was being able to play multiple positions.”
Lawrence had a breakout season as a sophomore, averaging 21 points, eight rebounds and four steals. He had offers from Clemson, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Louisiana Tech and Texas A&M. Spartans coach Anthony Lawrence Sr. said his son was on the verge of getting offers from Florida and Miami.
But rather than wait for offers from other big schools, Lawrence Jr. decided this was the best fit for him.
“I kind of wanted to get this out of the way so I could develop a great relationship with the UCF coaches the next two years before I get up there,” Lawrence Jr. said.
On Oct. 18, Lawrence Jr. took an unofficial visit to Florida. The following day he attended UCF’s Blacktop Madness.
“Anthony was ready to commit right on the spot,” Lawrence Sr. said. “But I told him to wait a few days to talk it over. But he already wanted to make it happen.”
Lawrence Sr. had been through this before. A former standout with the Spartans, he was sought after recruit and played for Miami from 1991-93.
“I just wanted what was best for Anthony,” Lawrence Sr. said. “He’s going into a great conference with phenomenal coaches and he already knows a lot of the players through travel ball.”
Lawrence Jr. joins a stellar UCF 2015 recruiting class that includes Orlando Oak Ridge's Alex Owens, a four-star recruit who is ranked as the 44th best junior according to ESPN.