Lawler on Pack's Radar

Charlotte (NC) South Mecklenburg defensive end Jake Lawler has had a string of strong camp performances that have led to multiple offers for the 2017 standout.

Charlotte (NC) South Mecklenburg defensive end Jake Lawler has had a string of strong camp performances that have led to multiple offers for the 2017 standout.

One of those offers was from NC State as the Wolfpack made their intentions known following his June workout. What did it mean to Lawler?

"I like it a lot knowing that they want me to come play for their school," he said. "It's such an amazing feeling, and I really love the campus. I love how they work me.

"[It] was my first time here. I thought the facilities were really nice. They're all brand new, and they really looked facilitated towards athletes and I like that."

Lawler, who already checks in at a chiseled 230 pounds, spent a lot of time with defensive line coach Ryan Nielsen.

"I thought coach Nielsen was a really good coach," he said. "He helped me out with my stance as well as doing some counter moves so he pushed me to be a better competitor."

Lawler finished his sophomore season with 54 tackles, seven sacks, a forced fumble and a pass deflection. His play has led to offers from NC State, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Duke, and Wake Forest with Lawler having camped at all the schools.

A major offer for him came from North Carolina.

"My parents are both UNC graduates so I grew up liking them," said Lawler. "They want me to make my own decision. It's definitely something to think about."

Another factor for Lawler could be where a couple of his teammates end up. He's close friends with 2016 prospect Zack Gilbert and Jacobe Clement, a 2017 cornerback.

"Me and Jacobe Clement have definitely discussed a package deal," he said. "Me and Zack Gilbert have also discussed the possibility of playing together."

While Lawler is currently taking a laid-back approach with his recruitment, he already has his eye on a potential major.

"I'm leaning towards the medical profession right now," he stated. "I've always thought the idea of medicine is such a great thing and helping people makes me feel better about myself."


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