Wolfpack Hoping To Keep Lawrence At Home

Wake Forest (NC) defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence could go anywhere for college but NC State's hoping to keep him home.

Wake Forest (NC) defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence is one of the top prospects in the nation. Colleges have known about him for the last couple of years and the battle to land him has been fierce. At 6-5, 325 pounds Lawrence ripped off a 5.03-second laser-timed 40 yard dash last weekend and a 4.61-second pro shuttle. Those numbers are exactly why he's landed offers from virtually every major program in the nation.

All of the offers and attention haven't prevented Lawrence from attending several camps over the course of the spring. Although he has nothing to prove and boasting offers from nearly every school that could offer, he's still shown the desire to go out and compete.

"I've been going to camps to get some coaching in. I've been working out in the weight room every day. I'm just mentally preparing myself.

"I love to compete and learn and get coached up during the off season."

On the recruiting side, no one has pursued Lawrence harder than NC State. They've made him priority one and his recruitment has been a team approach with virtually all of the assistant coaches involved to some degree. That level of attention hasn't gone unnoticed by Lawrence.

"I love it there," he said. "They just treat me like family when I come. The coaches are cool and they seem like they love what they're doing. They actually came to my basketball game and that just showed how bad they want me and that really helped them a lot. That meant a lot to me.

"Coach Nielsen and coach Doeren have been the main ones recruiting me but basically all of their coaches have been on me. Coach Nielsen, he has a lot of energy and Ilike that. He's a cool guy. He's good to get along with and he's recruiting me good."

Lawrence said all of the schools that have offered have been showing a ton of interest so it's impossible to discern who's recruiting him the hardest. While he's seen most of the in-state schools already, he plans to tour some out of state programs with his mom over the summer.

Alabama, Arkansas, Ole Miss and Florida are a few of the schools he's hoping to see.

So would mom have a preference on where Lawrence ends up in college?

"She would probably want me to stay close to home but she's not saying."

Lawrence is rated a four star prospect and the No. 7 defensive tackle in the nation by Scout.com.

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