Lawson: "I'm Very Excited"

It wasn't a hard decision for Henry Lawson, and it didn't take him too long to finalize his college plans. After receiving an offer from NC State over the weekend, Lawson committed to the in-state school just two days later.

"I just committed to NC State a few minutes ago," Henry Lawson told Pack Pride on Monday evening. "I wanted to get the pressure off and get ready for the season. It's the place I want to be. There's no other place I want to be, so why wait?

"I knew I was going to commit to NC State so there wasn't any strong reason to keep waiting."

Lawson gave his verbal commitment to Wolfpack running backs coach and the man in charge of his recruitment, Dick Portee.

"I called coach Portee and committed to him," he said. "He told me that he was going to let coach Cignetti and the other coaches know about it. He seemed happy about it, but I haven't had a chance to talk with all the other coaches. I will try and do that soon."

One assistant who played a vital role in Lawson's decision was new NC State offensive line coach Pat Meyer. Meyer, who is making the transition from head strength and conditioning coach, left an impression on Lawson during his one-day workout in Raleigh.

"I met him at camp, and I like him a lot," he stated. "Coach Meyer said he loves my work ethic... he said that's one of the things that is really important in an offensive lineman. He's looking for guys that will come up there and really compete... just go all out. He's looking for guys with great frames who can go up there and put some weight on. He likes intense guys who will come in and play tough football."

Lawson had always been interested in NC State, and after the Wolfpack extended the offer, it basically sealed the deal. He just need to talk it over with his family before informing the Wolfpack of his decision.

"My family is excited," he said. "They are happy for me. They are rabid Wolfpack fans right now.

"They supported me 100%. It was basically my decision, but we talked a good bit about it. We talked about the pros and cons of making the early decision, but everytime State kept coming out on top."

"We want to get another ring."

He added that he didn't grow up a fan of any particular school, but now that he is firmly committed to NC State he will be rooting for the Wolfpack.

"I didn't really have a favorite team growing up, but State's it now," Lawson said. "I've become a fan. I've watched them play the past couple of years in the bowl games, and that's made me become a fan too."

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.

"The season comes first for me," he said. "It was important to get my commitment out of the way because I really want to focus on this upcoming season. We want to get another ring.

"Everyone is in the weightroom... just trying to get better. We lost a bunch of players at some key positions, but the younger guys are stepping up... things are going to be good."

Lawson is the seventh commitment for NC State in the 2007 class, and all seven are in-state products. He is the second offensive line prospect to commit, joining Wilson (NC) Hunt standout Justin Whaley. Garner safety Chris Culliver, Wilmington tight end George Bryan, Fuquay-Varina defensive tackle Sam Jones, Charlotte wideout Steven Howard, and Pinetops defensive end Linwan Euwell have also committed to the Wolfpack.

"[NC State] said they are trying to attack the in-state kids hard this year," Lawson previously told Pack Pride.

Already fully qualified with a 3.2 GPA and an 1120 SAT score, Lawson stated that he will continue to focus on his academics and is finished with recruiting. His commitment to NC State is firm and there is no need to take any more visits.

"I decided to skip the Boston College trip because I feel that State is my choice," he said. "I see no use in going up there.

"I'm very excited... I'm glad to be with the Wolfpack."

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