Lawrence a Frequent Visitor

In a two-week span, Desmond Lawrence will get his fill of the Tar Heels.

Lawrence, a 6-foot, 175-pound cornerback from Charlotte Christian, visited UNC last Friday for the Tar Heels' spring practice, will attend Thursday's scrimmage in Charlotte, and plans to return to Chapel Hill this weekend with his parents.

"I'm liking the coaches a lot, so I'm just seeing what all [UNC] can offer and seeing if that's the place I need to be," Lawrence said. "I'm making my decision a little earlier, so I'm just trying to get around coaches to see if this is the right fit for me."

In addition to the April visits, Lawrence attended a junior day, a football game, and camp at UNC. This significant exposure to the school has contributed to Lawrence naming the Tar Heels his leader.

"Even though it's a new coaching staff, they still bring excitement," Lawrence said. "I like the way they conduct their practice and how Coach [Larry] Fedora is getting their guys ready. I could see myself playing there. I like how Coach [Dan] Disch teaches his DBs. It's not far from home, so my family can come and see me. There are a lot of pluses."

However, Clemson, Duke, and NC State are nipping at UNC's heels. All four have offered.

"Those four schools are all great in academics," Lawrence said. "They're all close – I'm not against going away from home, but it's a plus."

With the lead and constant visits, Lawrence is contemplating a verbal commitment. He plans to have a verbal commitment made before his senior football season kicks off.

"I'm probably going to do it either before the summer or during," Lawrence said. "I just want to be able to relax and be able to play football."

Three defensive back prospects have already verbally committed to UNC – Donnie Miles, Brian Walker, and Korrin Wiggins. Lawrence doesn't feel pressure to make a decision quickly.

"At the end of the day, I'm going to go where I feel is the best fit for me and where I feel like I want to go," Lawrence said. "If spaces run out, then maybe it wasn't the best place for me. Coach Fedora and Coach [Gunter] Brewer remind me that they are limited and they would love to have me, but they really aren't trying to push me – they are letting me make my decision."

However, Walker and Wiggins have been applying pressure of their own.

"I talked to them Sunday and they're trying to get me to commit," Lawrence said. "They told me you have to look at all [UNC] offers. You have a great school that can take you far in football. And then you have a good team that can compete in the ACC. They are just getting me to open up my eyes."

Besides UNC, Lawrence has been able to visit Clemson and Duke. He said he's in the process of scheduling trips to Michigan, NC State, Notre Dame, and Ohio State.

Last Friday, in addition to watching UNC practice, Lawrence's UNC visit included a campus tour, a Tar Heel baseball game, and a meeting with Fedora.

"[Fedora] was just saying that he would love to have me and I don't have to sell them on my game film because they are really interested," Lawrence said. "He said they are limited, but they would love to have me."

Throughout the visit, Lawrence spent a lot of time with Disch, UNC's defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach.

"He said he likes my size and would like to have me," Lawrence said. "He said they have some good DBs there now, but if I just come in and work, I'll have the potential to play."

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