(CNN)Still just 19 years old, Trevor Lawrence isn't eligible for the NFL draft until 2021. But right now, he might be the best college football quarterback since Peyton Manning, who happens to be Lawrence's idol.
The legend is building for Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence
On Monday night, Lawrence accomplished something Manning never did. He won the national title, blowing out Alabama 44-16 at the College Football Playoff national championship game in Santa Clara, California.
With the win Monday, Clemson became the first major college football team in the modern era to go 15-0. No major college football team had done that since the 19th century, when the University of Pennsylvania Quakers posted a 15-0 mark in 1897.
Named the offensive MVP, Lawrence completed 20 of 32 passing attempts for 347 yards and three touchdowns.
Seeing it all play out on the sideline was Clemson legend Deshaun Watson. Now the Houston Texans starting quarterback, Watson had led Clemson to the national championship in 2016.
"He's gonna be a legend," Watson said of Lawrence, according to ESPN. "He already is. People know that now."
Lawrence is the second true freshman -- playing in his first year immediately out of high school -- to win a national championship as a starting quarterback, joining Oklahoma's Jamelle Holieway (1985).
"That doesn't mean as much as being able to be a part of this team," Lawrence said. "Really it's true, even if we didn't go all this way and win a national championship, this has been a team that I'll never forget for one, and it's just been amazing, the focus and how driven this team is has been unbelievable.
"Just these seniors, just taking me in, and they kind of dragged me along until I got my feet under me ... they're awesome people as well as players."
College football fans have at least two more years of Lawrence, and it's two years for NFL scouts, teams and fans to swoon over him.
"Trevor has always been a special talent in my mind, and it doesn't surprise m