Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Crane and Garrison Making Big Impact at Lawrence

Ironically, the top local football prospect from the Class of 2014 and 2015 both currently play for the same team - Lawrence Academy in Massachusetts. OL/DL Andrew Crane (Amherst, NH) from the Class of 2014, and WR/LB Chris Garrison (Goffstown) are both making a big impact at Lawrence, a prep school located in Groton, MA which competes in the ISL (Independent School League). Both players are receiving serious interest from Division I colleges.

Garrison is only a junior but already holds offers from Boston College, Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. He's 6-foot-4, 218 lbs. and projects as either a WR or TE at the next level, depending on the system. He has a great combination of size, speed and skill.

"Recruiting is going good I would say" Garrison told the NH Notebook. "I hope for it to start picking up after the college football season ends. Besides the offers I have, now some other schools are starting to show interest; such as Penn state, Vanderbilt, and Rutgers."

Crane meanwhile is 6-foot-1, 275 lbs. with tremendous strength/power. He's tough, physical, has good technique and is very agile for a kid his size. He is a can't miss D-I recruit but is definitely flying under the radar with college coaches.

"I have no official offers yet" said Crane. "I am currently looking at Patriot/Ivy League schools, as well as some CAA and MAC schools. I am looking to play football in College."

Garrison agrees that Crane is a force on the field.

"Playing alongside Andrew has been awesome" Garrison said. "Every game he shows up to play and dominates on both sides of the ball; especially on defense where he is always making his presence known. After games when I watch film I am always amazed by what I see. His strength, power, and athleticism are nothing I've ever seen before. He is the best OL/DL man I've ever played with."

Lawrence Academy is currently 3-3 on the season. Both Crane and Garrison joined the team following their sophomore years in high school, with Crane transferring from Bishop Guertin in 2011 and Garrison transferring from Goffstown in 2012. This fall they added another NH transfer in Tim Preston. Preston, better known as a prospect in basketball, transferred to Lawrence following his junior year at Nashua South.

"We started out little rough, going 1-3 in the first four games" explained Crane. "But now we have won our last two games to become 3-3. I did not know Preston or Garrison before coming to LA, but its been fun playing alongside them."

Those last 2 wins for Lawrence have come against previously unbeaten Nobles and a tough Belmont team. Garrison had 11 catches for 204 yards and 2 touchdowns in the win over Nobles. Crane is one of the team's captains.

"We didn't know each other directly before Lawrence but I knew of him" Garrison pointed out. Ironically though, my Mom taught him in kindergarten."

Crane is the top NH prospect for 2014, and Garrison is the top recruit for 2015, both playing for Lawrence Academy. Good players, good kids - college coaches take notice.

Chris Garrison on Hudl: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/o/2035312/chris-garrison
Andrew Crane on Hudl: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/o/873455/athletics


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