Del City coach Nick Warehime is no stranger to seeing Division I quality athletes during his long coaching career.
Corey Lawrence, he said, might be the best of them.
“He's got that ‘it' factor,” Warehime said. “He might be the most athletic kid I've ever been around. He can dunk a basketball to his elbow; when he was a sophomore, he anchored the 4x100 state championship team.
Lawrence is also No. 17 on The Oklahoman's Super 30 list of recruits.
He has offers from a range of schools that includes Kansas State, Tulsa, Indiana, Arkansas State, Indiana and North Texas and is likely to add more as his exposure grows.
The question about Lawrence in college will be where he winds up on the field. Some schools are recruiting him as a wide receiver, while others are looking at him as either a safety or cornerback.
“I'd rather play slot (receiver) if I had my choice,” Lawrence said. “But I'm open to playing defense too.”
Last year, Lawrence missed time after suffering an injury late in the season just as he was about to be even a greater part of the Eagles' offense.
“The biggest thing for him is his health,” Warehime said. “When he got hurt, we were headed in the direction of him running a lot of the wildcat offense because he was so knowledgeable about the game.”
Lawrence started at cornerback as a sophomore and started on both sides of the ball as a junior last year.
He didn't participate in track in the spring as he worked to get back from the injury.
“He's had a really good summer,” Warehime said. “He's back to full speed and getting better and better.”
Lawrence's understanding of the game gives him the potential to break out with even more attention as the season goes on, Warehime said.
“He has the God-given athletic talents but he also just really understands the game,” Warehime said. “He's one of those athletes that doesn't come around very often.
“He has the potential to really blow up this year if things go right.”
Lawrence isn't bothered by the leg injury that cut short his season anymore and is confident that will lead to big things on the field. Del City is dropping from 6A to 5A and returns almost all of its lineup from last year.
“Last season was tough but we're going to be a lot better this year,” Lawrence said. “We're a team this time. Everybody's showing up to workouts and everybody is committed to doing what we have to do to be a good team.”
Individually, Lawrence is even more confident.
“Not to be cocky or anything but I don't think anyone can stop me,” Lawrence said. “If anyone stops me, it's going to be myself.
“I think that's the attitude I've got to have for me to be successful.”
The Oklahoman's Super 30
The Oklahoman's Super 30 feature series on the state's top football recruits continues with No. 17, Corey Lawrence of Del City. Here are the last three players we've written about in the series:
No. 20: Blake Mejia, Tulsa Union
No. 19: Frankie Davis, Broken Arrow
No. 18: Devanta Johnson, Tulsa East Central
No. 17: Corey Lawrence
School: Del City
Recruited by: Has offers from Kansas State and Tulsa.