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."