Former Free State High football standout Jake Lawrence has signed a letter of intent to play for Washburn and will transfer to the Topeka school for the spring semester.
Lawrence spent the past two seasons at Butler County Community College. After playing offense as a freshman he switched to defense this fall and was the Grizzlies' third-leading tackler with 66, including six sacks. He was second on the team with 10 tackles for loss. He also recovered two fumbles, including one returned for a touchdown.
At Free State, Lawrence was a Class 6A all-state selection as a senior when he rushed for 1,267 yards. He also scored 20 touchdowns and was selected to the Shrine Bowl.