'Wake-up call' sparks QB JaJuan Lawson

JaJuan Lawson called it a “wake-up call.”

Through Petaluma (Calif.) Casa Grande’s first three games, the quarterback threw five interceptions. The 6-foot, 176-pound junior set out this season to prove he was a college-caliber quarterback. He knew the interceptions weren’t helping his cause.

He focused on taking care of the football and he has only thrown one interception over the last five games. He is completing almost 70 percent of his passes this season, throwing for 1,496 yards and 14 touchdowns. He has also rushed for 589 yards and eight touchdowns.

“Everything is kind of falling in line,” said Lawson, who is on the ESPN Watch List.

While Lawson’s season is soaring, so is the interest he is receiving from college coaches. He recently picked up an offer from UNLV to go with the one he already had from Arizona.

“The offer from UNLV was a great boost of confidence, because it’s not a spread, zone-read team like Arizona,” he said.

The Rebels’ current starting quarterback, Nick Sherry, also played at Casa Grande, so Lawson has the program on a limited list of potential college choices.

In addition to the two offers he has, he has been hearing often from Washington and likes Nevada and Oregon as well.

“I have kind of a list set up and everything, and they’re in that top-three range right now,” he said when asked about the Huskies. “With them, I just know they put quarterbacks in the best situation to succeed at any point. I’ve seen them with Jake Locker. I’ve seen them with Keith Price. They give the quarterback every chance to shine in their offense.”

With two games left in the regular season, Lawson hopes to help the Gauchos solidify their playoff position as he continues to work toward proving his potential as a Division-I quarterback.

“Schools like Washington are saying I’m doing everything right,” he said. “I’m getting to the point where I'm becoming a true quarterback.”