Maury’s Lawe Commits to Virginia

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Maury (Norfolk, VA) offensive tackle/defensive tackle Stephen Lawe moved from being a strong lean to a Virginia commitment last Friday, when he pledged to Cavaliers coach Mike London. The 6-5, 290-pound senior was one of the first prospects offered by London at UVa.

< ?php include(getenv("DOCUMENT_ROOT") . "/sabreincludes/adTags/boxArticles.html"); ?>“I felt good about making the commitment,” Lawe said. “Virginia is the right school for me. I think it’ll be a better program with coach London there. He’s a good start for the Cavaliers.”

Lawe committed a week after making an official visit to Old Dominion, which was the other finalist. He admits, though, that Virginia “has been on my mind for a while. UVa and ODU have been on my mind, but UVa is in a better conference and I feel UVa is a better school education-wise.”

Having already committed should make this weekend’s official visit all the more enjoyable.

“It feels very good. I’m very excited,” he said. “I’m ready for my official visit this weekend.”

Maury head coach John Quinerly adds that Mike London played a big role in Lawe’s decision.

“There was the status of the university and there was Virginia being a 1A school. ODU did a great job recruiting him, but since coach London had been recruiting him since camp last summer, when we camped at Richmond. I think Steve was more comfortable with coach London,” Quinerly said.

Lawe played on both sides of the line for Maury but is being recruited initially by Virginia as an offensive lineman. He racked up 25 pancake blocks as a senior, allowing only one sack on the year.

“He is very athletic,” Quinerly said. “I think he is 275 or 285 pounds right now, but he is a guy who could put on a whole lot of muscle. I think he flew under the radar for a long time until Virginia put it out there that they wanted him. Then, we had contact from a lot of other ACC schools.”

Calm and cool off the field, Lawe says he is intense on it.

“I have a few different personalities,” he said with a laugh. “I’m real serious out there. I give my best every play. I go the hardest I can go. Off the field, I’m a chilled person.”

Lawe says he is where he needs to be GPA-wise and SAT-wise to get into Virginia. He took the SAT again last weekend