Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence is one of college football’s top stars.
Many expect that he’ll leave Clemson a year early and declare for the NFL draft at the end of this season.
But Heisman trophy-winning quarterback Tim Tebow issued a stern warning for Lawrence about his future.
Many highly-rated high school football prospects fail to live up to the hype, but Clemson Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence has performed as advertised.
The major recruiting website 247 Sports rated Lawrence the 6th best high school prospect regardless of position of the past 20 years.
Lawrence led his team to a national championship victory as a true freshman, and returned to the title game as a sophomore but lost to a historically good LSU Tigers team.
Lawrence has been considered the number one overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft the day he set foot in college, and so far that remains to be the case among prognosticators.
But Heisman-winning quarterback Tim Tebow gave Lawrence something to think about.
The New York Jets are the only winless team in the NFL at 0-7, and are positioned to receive the number one pick in the draft.
The franchise is a total disaster with head coach Adam Gase on the hot seat, top three pick Sam Darnold looking like a bust at quarterback, and star players Jamal Adams and Le’Veon Bell already found ways to get out of town and instead play for contenders.
Tebow suggested to Lawrence that perhaps he should return to college for his senior year so he could land in a better situation next year.
Tebow said, “I think there’s been so many quarterbacks that had a chance of being good that weren’t put in a good system around them, that weren’t put in a position to succeed . . . If I was him, I would genuinely try to evaluate everything and look at it with open eyes. Because he’s so good and he’s so talented and he’s a great prospect, he will have leverage.”
It appears that Lawrence recognizes the disaster that is the New York Jets.
He recently said, “My mindset has been that I’m going to move on. But who knows? There’s a lot of things that could happen.”
Coincidentally, the last time the Jets had the number one pick in the draft, future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning was a junior at Tennessee and a sure-fire bet to be the first player selected.
Manning opted to stay in college for his senior year, and the Jets traded down in the draft.
Manning went number one overall the next year in 1998, and the rest is history.
Tebow and the Jets’ abysmal season have definitely given Lawrence something to think about.