Auburn Is "Just Home" For Lawrence

Auburn commitment Devaroe Lawrence talks about his return trip to see the Tigers and what he loves about his decision.

A longtime commitment to the Auburn Tigers out of Georgia Military College, 6-3, 282 Devaroe Lawrence was back on the Plains for an unofficial visit over the weekend to spend time with his future coaches and teammates. Despite a visit to see Mississippi State last week, Lawrence said he's never wavered in his decision to be an Auburn Tiger.

"It's just home," Lawrence said of Auburn. "That's all it is, just home. It's the same thing as last time for me. I was home and it just felt good. I took the visit and it was all right. The coaches and players were good, but this (Auburn) is just home. The brotherhood is already built with a lot of the players there.

"It was just a sightseeing trip," he adds of his MSU visit. "This is home. There wasn't any of that. I knew this (Auburn) was home when I was there."

That brotherhood runs deeper than just the players already on campus for Lawrence however as his teammate at Georgia Military and good friend Davonte Lambert is also committed to the Tigers as a defensive lineman. While Lambert is finishing up classes on his own this semester and they are not seeing each other every day, Lawrence said the two talk constantly and plan to room together at Auburn.

"That's real big," Lawrence said of having Lambert also committed. "That's my brother. Blood doesn't make us any closer. That's a friendship that is going to last a lifetime. It's real big that I'm going to have him beside me and being with me."

Getting an in-home visit from Gus Malzahn, Ellis Johnson and Rodney Garner last week, Lawrence said it was a really laid-back time with the coaches just saying they are ready to get him on campus. When he does Lawrence knows he'll see a different side of Garner as his position coach and he can't wait.

"I can see that he's going to push me," Lawrence said. "He's going to be on me and be up my rear end. He demands the best so you have to give him the best. The coaching and the talent is going to complement each other to make you the best. The defensive line is going to be good with a good coach."

Hoping to get into Garner's deep rotation on the defensive line right away, Lawrence said all he's focused on now is getting ready to play for the Tigers next fall.

"I'm excited about the opportunity," Lawrence said. "I never saw it coming my way. It still hasn't hit me yet, but when I sign and enroll it will probably hit me then. I'm very excited."

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