Calvert Hall's Lawrence Cager to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl

Senior has narrowed college list to five, will announce at All-American Bowl

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October 01, 2014|By Katherine Dunn | The Baltimore Sun

Calvert Hall wide receiver Lawrence Cager will play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, one of the premier senior all-star football games in the country.

The game will be televised live on NBC Jan. 3 from the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

Cardinals coach Donald Davis presented Cager with his invitation to the 15th annual Army Bowl on Wednesday morning and he will receive his official jersey at a school pep rally in November when the U.S. Army All-American selection tour comes to Calvert Hall.

"It means I'm recognized as a top player in the country and I'll get to reunite with some of the guys I met at The Opening," Cager said. "I'll have a good time and play against good competition and potential future teammates."

Cager, 6-feet-5, 200 pounds, is one of the nation's top senior recruits, a three-star prospect rated No. 44 among wide receivers in the Class of 2015 by Rivals.com. Last summer, he was the only player from the Baltimore area to attend The Opening, the annual Nike showcase for the nation's elite high school football players, in Beaverton, Ore.

He's already been to San Antonio once, as a sophomore, to attend the the U.S. Army National Combine for younger high school players held in conjunction with the senior bowl game.

While Cager is looking forward to playing in the game, there's one other aspect of the Army Bowl experience he's even more excited about.

"What I'm looking forward to most is that I'll probably make my college commitment on TV there, so that's a highly-anticipated factor. You don't have a lot of those kinds of chances in life, so I'm going to take advantage of it."

Cager said he has received 45 scholarship offers, but he's narrowed them down to Alabama, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.

Cutting down to five might have been the easy part, he said, with signing day just four months away.

"It's really hard now, because when you had all those schools, you didn't need to think about it," Cager said. "Now you really need to think about it."

Cager plans to make official visits to Virginia Tech on Nov. 1 and to Ohio State for the Michigan game on Nov. 29. He's still in the process of scheduling his other visits.

To read more about Cager's emergence as a top wide receiver, click here.

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