Travis Laws hopes to get an early start on his future while continuing to play the game he loves over the next four years as a member of the University of Pikeville football team.
Laws, a three-year starter for the Green Dragons, signed recently with the University of Pikeville, where he plans to major in pre-med while trying to work his way up the depth chart for the Bears.
“Their campus was easy to get around, plus I plan to major in pre-med and they have a fantastic program,” said Laws. “I will probably try to go to medical school there after I receive my four-year degree.”
Laws, a 5-foot-11, 190-pound guard and linebacker, also looks forward to continuing his football career, even though he anticipates a position change.
“They told me I would probably play defensive end,” Laws said. “I just want to get in their weight program and work hard until they notice me and give me a chance to compete for playing time. I know I have to get stronger and faster.”
“I think it will take him a year or two to get playing time, but I think he can contribute in a couple of different areas,” Harlan coach J.B. Donahue said. “He could add some weight and play on the offensive line, or he could play on the defensive side. He just needs to get a little stronger and work on his speed. He has played both ways for us and will be a solid contributor for them, plus he will do a good job in the classroom. He will be a good addition to their program.”
Laws played an important role for the Dragons the past several years. He moved into the starting lineup at inside linebacker as a sophomore on the Dragons’ 6-5 team that fell in the second round of the Class A playoff. He started at defensive tackle and offensive guard as a junior, then made the move back to inside linebacker as a senior. He earned all-conference and all-district honors the past two seasons. The Dragons were 6-6 in 2012 before dropping to 2-9 last year.
“He was a very reliable and trustworthy kid who became a leader for us,” Donahue said. “He was a positive influence on the other kids. We will miss his leadership.”