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Hialeah-Miami Lakes running back Hakeem Lawrence hoping to land at Akron

When it came to running the football, nobody in Miami-Dade or Broward County had a better regular season than Hialeah-Miami Lakes senior Hakeem Lawrence.

The 5-8, 175-pound senior ran for 1,818 yards and 22 touchdowns and averaged a whopping 10.6 yards per carry for the Trojans, who finished 6-4 and played against three playoff teams -- American, Hialeah and Apopka. Lawrence, though, didn't sign a National Leatter of Intent back in February because nobody in the country wanted him.

His grades -- from his first two years at North Miami -- were a mess according to coach Kenan Lawhorne.

"His test score was pretty good. He had a 17 on his ACT. But when people looked at his transcript, they thought it was too big a black eye, didn't think he was capable of transforming himself. He's been playing catch up ever since," Lawhorne said.

Lawrence may have finally caught up to a scholarship. Monday, Lawhorne said he faxed Lawrence's transcripts over to Akron's compliance office. With all the classes he's taken to make up for his struggles, Lawhorne said: "if everything computes correctly Hakeem should get in."

"The kid deserves it," Lawhorne said. "He's worked really hard to make up for his mistakes. [Former N.C. State coach and Florid State assistant] Chuck Amato knows the kids from this area well. So, do those Bowden boys. They know the kids from this area can be special, special players with some guidance."

-- MANNY NAVARRO

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