All-State football: Del City's Corey Lawrence grows into two-way threat

OKLAHOMAN ALL-STATE DEFENSIVE BACK — Corey Lawrence is on the All-State team as a defensive back, though his eye-popping numbers came offensively this season with 19 total touchdowns. Perhaps the most impressive statistic is his 22 yards per reception.
by Jacob Unruh Published: December 23, 2012

As an eighth grader, Corey Lawrence looked like he could make a great high school quarterback.

But as he entered high school in Del City, it became apparent his speed and athleticism were better served elsewhere on the field.

“We knew that we had to get Corey on the field, deservedly so, and felt that we can put him on one side of the field as a 10th-grader and take that guy out and eliminate that guy from the game,” Del City coach Nick Warehime said. “We didn't want to overload him as a sophomore … we played him on one side of the ball and let him do his thing on defense and get comfortable.”

Lawrence certainly got comfortable, developing into a threat on each side of the ball and earning a spot on The Oklahoman's All-State first team.

He is on the team as a defensive back, though his eye-popping numbers came offensively this season with 19 total touchdowns. Perhaps the most impressive statistic is his 22 yards per reception.

“I just feel if I get the ball in my hand, I feel a big play is going to happen,” Lawrence said.

And plenty of big plays happened this season as he helped guide the Eagles back to the playoffs for the first time in a decade before a first-round loss to eventual champion Carl Albert.

by Jacob Unruh
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Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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