LOI #2: Henry Lawson

Charlotte (NC) Catholic offensive lineman Henry Lawson has signed with NC State!

OL Henry Lawson
6-4, 275-pounds
Charlotte Catholic High School, Charlotte, NC

Prospect Ranking: Lawson is rated a two-star prospect by Scout.com, and he is also rated the No. 86 offensive lineman in the nation.

Accomplishments: During a fabulous high school career, Lawson played a huge role in helping Catholic to two state championships as well as a return to the class 3AA state championship game this past season. The two-star prospect according to Scout.com plowed the way for RB Ben Herlocker- helping the East Carolina commitment tally 2,577 yards and 36 touchdowns on the year. Lawson capped off his senior season by receiving the second most votes of any player named to the AP all-state team.

Academics: Lawson projects as a qualifier.

The Recruiting Scene: Lawson committed to State last summer and has not looked back since – even amidst the coaching change. NC State was the first school to offer and he immediately snatched it up. Before committing to the Pack, Lawson was considering heavy interest from Wake Forest and Boston College. He was excited about the hiring of O'Brien.

PACK PRIDE SCOUTING REPORT: "Henry Lawson became NC State's second offensive line commitment after impressing the Wolfpack coaches during their camp held back in June. At 6-4, 280 pounds, Lawson has the long arms and frame that will likely allow him to play much bigger in college. Lining up primarily as a right tackle in high school, Lawson is explosive off of the line of scrimmage and does a good job of engaging the opposing defender and taking him out of the play. Most impressive is the fact he goes until the whistle on every play.

"As a run blocker, his quick first step and knowledge of which way the flow of the play is going, and ends up, is impressive."

"Having run a 5.77-second 40-yard dash at the Shrine Bowl combine earlier this year, Lawson will need to work on his quickness and speed. However, he has a tremendous work ethic and the sky is the limit once he completely fills out and spends a couple of years in the Wolfpack strength and conditioning program. " -- Pack Pride Recruiting Analyst Steve Williams

SCOUTING REPORT: "Make little mistake that this is a tremendous football player as well as an athlete. He does so many things to create up front for an offense that mixes up quite well, although they did run the ball much more than they passed a year ago.

"As a run blocker, his quick first step and knowledge of which way the flow of the play is going, and ends up, is impressive. Watch him fire out on any play - from either the right or left side of the line of scrimmage - and you will see someone who does not give up. A solid tackle, who could stay there at the next level.

"His strength as a run blocker is his ability to sustain after making the initial hit. He is strong enough to play many blocks off. He also stays low, which gives defensive players a tough time.

"On passing downs, he gets back into position quickly and has a sense for what direction to move the flow of the defensive rush pile. He wins nearly every battle up front.

"Pass blocking at the next level will be stronger and quicker than he is used to, and while I realize that he does play at a high level, there's a need to come off the ball on passing downs much faster.

"As far as his run blocking, he could emerge as one of the best in this current class because he is technically sound and very strong as well as knowing how to use bursts of quickness.

"This is someone who can play at the ACC level, and even if it's a Wake Forest or North Carolina State, expect him to be a major addition." -- MSLSports.net/Scout.com Recruiting Analyst Larry Blustein

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