"NC State offered me this weekend," Lawson told Pack Pride. "Coach Cignetti offered me yesterday. I'm really excited about it. It's my first offer, and it came from State.
"I told coach Cignetti that I was really excited about it, and I wanted to talk it over with my family. I'm going to weigh my options, but NC State is definitely my top choice."
Lawson attended camps at Virginia, Maryland, and Wake Forest and has a trip left to Boston College. He earned his first offer after impressing the Wolfpack coaches at last week's camp.
"I worked with the offensive line coach at State's camp," said Lawson. "I wasn't sure what he thought of me, but I must have impressed them since they offered. The offensive line coach... he's a great guy... the entire coaching staff is great."
"[NC State] said they are trying to attack the in-state kids hard this year," added Lawson.
Joining NC State in Lawson's top three is Wake Forest and Boston College. He has a camp trip left with Boston College, but admits that NC State is at the top of his list.
"State's pretty high right now," said Lawson. "I went to Wake Forest and it's nice, and everything I've heard about Boston College is great, but State is my top choice.
"I've been to State four or five times, and I love the place. The facilities are great, the coaches are great, and everything just clicked. It's like the perfect school."
Lawson anchored a Catholic offensive line that blocked for 4,603 rushing yards in the wing-T offense, and the program is coming off back-to-back state championships. Lawson was named to both the all-conference and all-county teams, and the 6-foot-4, 280-pound offensive lineman is looking to lead his team to another title. He admitted that he hopes to have his recruitment finalized before the start of the season.
"I don't have a timeframe, but I kind of want to have it out of the way by the end of the summer," said Lawson. "I don't want to have to worry about it during my senior year if I don't have to. That's what I'm looking at right now."