December 15 - Cortland Lawson, one of the state’s highest-rated Division I recruits, intends to transfer from Paul VI Catholic to Dominion for the second half of the school year, his father confirmed tonight.
The circumstances surrounding his decision to transfer are unknown. He has not yet withdrawn from the Fairfax school, which will release students for their holiday break next Friday.
The 6-foot-2, 190-pound senior shortstop and right-handed pitcher has signed to play at the University of Tennessee and is rated as the state’s No. 7 recruit in the Class of 2019 by Prep Baseball Report. He hit .301 with a .427 on-base percentage, four doubles, a home run and 16 RBI in 25 games last season en route to honorable mention All-Washington Catholic Athletic Conference honors.
Lawson was suspended for the postseason for violating team and school rules, missing the Panthers’ final six games as they advanced to the semifinals of the WCAC and Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Division I state tournaments. Paul VI finished 24-7 and ranked No. 7 in the final Northern Virginia Top 10 Poll.
Boasting a fastball that reaches into the upper 80s, Lawson posted four strikeouts and a save while allowing one earned run in 3.1 innings over three relief outings. He was expected to take on more of a role on Paul VI’s staff this spring after the graduation of three players who are now pitching at the Division I level, Jack Weeks (Georgetown), Carter Spivey (East Carolina) and Thomas Russell (Navy), who was the WCAC Player of the Year and a member of the NOVA Nine Team.
Lawson plays during the offseason with the EvoShield Canes travel program.
Photo of Cortland Lawson by Fred Ingham