POTTSBORO, TX -- Justin Lawler is not your average class 2A defensive end. He stands at 6'5, 220 and he's on his way to SMU. This Pottsboro Cardinal recently accepted a full-ride scholarship to play defensive end for the Mustangs.
"The defensive end coach at SMU talked to Coach Poe and then came and watched me. We just had a conversation and kinda got to know each other and then he gave me an offer," Lawler said.
Lawler knows that he is going to fit in well at SMU.
"SMU of course has really good education and I think their football program is going no where but forward with June Jones coming in and everybody. I think its going to be a really good deal for me," Lawler added.
Pottsboro head coach Matt Poe did everything he could to help his player get the offer he deserved. He says the process was actually quite simple.
"The recruiter for SMU came by this spring and watched him through one off season work out and watched film. It was about 30 minutes later after he left, he called back and said were gonna offer him a scholarship. So it happened really quick. Those guys have been around long enough and they can see a young man's instincts and how he does things. And they really liked what they saw," Head Coach Matt Poe said.
Before Lawler heads to SMU, he's helping lead the Cardinals to a successful 2012 season. And he's become quite the role model for his teammates.
"He really pushes us in all different ways. And its great having him on our team," Lawler's teammate, Dallas Sewell said.
Having a player sign to a Division I school can only help the Cardinal football program.
"Even though you're a 2A school if you work hard and you have the talent, that they'll come find you," Coach Poe said.
"I've always wanted to go to a big school and play football. And now that I know one of my teammates can do that, I know I can. So it pushes me a little bit harder," Sewell said.