Lawuan Axel is looking to break out as a sophomore defensive back and become a leader in the secondary for the Hocking Hawks of Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio.
The 5’10, 175 pound, defensive back from Youngstown played his high school football for the Austintown Fitch Falcons. Heading into his sophomore season, he holds four scholarship offers from Ashland University, Alderson Broaddus University, Lake Erie College, and Livingstone College. He finished the 2018 season with 33 solo tackles, seven pass breakups, and one forced fumble.
“I would say, my family. Everything I do is for them. From my mother to my aunt, sister, and brothers,” Axel said about who he plays the game for.
Axel knew what leadership and support were from the beginning. His stepfather, Frank Myers, and his older brothers Lamont and Richard were key factors in him being at the point he is now. His brothers always reinforced the importance of focusing on football and academics. Myers always thought he had what it took to play at the highest levels of the sport.
“Yes, I’m from the north side of Youngstown and it was okay. I will say playing against other kids that are just as hungry as you helped me with being competitive. Like I said, my brothers made sure I wasn’t doing [anything] that involved trouble or bad results,” Axel said. “Youngstown means a lot to me because I know [there are] a lot [of] other kids just like me who are going to deal with unfair situations. I want to be a guy they can look at and say ‘well, he got through adversity. So can I.”
He and Hocking College found one another because Hawks Head Football Coach Adolphus Mathews and others saw his potential and gave him an opportunity. An opportunity which he is very grateful for.
“Just being close to home and the staff. I love those guys from Coach Matthews to Coach [Craig] Moore and Coach [Sterry] Etheridge,” Axel said on what sold him on Hocking College.
On film, Lawuan Axel does well in zone coverage reading the quarterback and when the ball comes near him, he has the ability to make a play on it. He thought his freshman season went really well. He’s put on 15 pounds in the spring and his technique improved. Check out his freshman highlights.
“As a football player, I got a lot better especially this past spring with my technique. Strength and conditioning-wise, I got better which helps on the field thanks to Nate Perez, the strength and conditioning coach. As a person, I got better by just doing the right things and trying to be consistent with it. Going to class, going to access center to do work or even helping a fellow teammate get something done. Being around my mentors, Felandan and Jon, they really helped me at school with what to do and not [to do] as a person as well.”
Going into his sophomore season, Lawuan Axel wants to get the best out of himself in everything he does. Also, find ways to bring out the best in his teammates which involves understanding them as people first and playing with them on the field second.
“I would say just being out there is a blessing because football [doesn’t] last forever.”
After his football career is over, he wants to be a dentist. That is something that has always held his interest.
“I hope to gain more relationships that last a lifetime and just continue to work on my character,” he said about what he wants to get out of this next phase of his football career and life.