Lawrence: 'I'm a Tar Heel'

Desmond Lawrence verbally committed to UNC during a visit to the school on Saturday with his parents.

"My parents and I went up there – we were just checking out the facilities and the academic side," Lawrence said. "We sat down with Coach [Larry] Fedora and [Dan] Disch and my mom was like, ‘I think Des has something to tell you, Coach Fedora.' And I told him 'I'm a Tar Heel.' The room just erupted."

Lawrence, a 6-foot, 175-pound cornerback from Charlotte (N.C.) Christian, selected UNC over follow finalists Clemson, Duke, and NC State. All four finalists had offered.

"I just like the environment there [at UNC]," Lawrence said. "I just felt at home. It was almost like a home away from home. The players were very considerate – they were trying to get to know me.

"And to add onto that was the coaches. When you have a coaching staff that generally cares in Coach Fedora, Coach [Gunter] Brewer, Coach Disch.

"Plus, the people I'm going in with was important – R.J. Prince, Brian Walker, Korrin [Wiggins]. It's going to be fun."

About a week ago, Lawrence attended a practice at UNC without his parents, which made him consider a verbal commitment.

"[Before today], I've taken everyone except for my parents," Lawrence said. "I've taken my coach and my aunt. So this visit was for them to see, because I actually wanted to commit last weekend."

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Saturday's visit included a look at UNC inside and out. Lawrence toured the dorms, the football facilities, and the business school (his desired major).

"This was my first time getting to see the academic side," Lawrence said. "I got to see where I'm going to spending most of my time at – the dorms, the class rooms, [and] football facilities. That was big."

Lawrence's commitment essentially finalizes UNC's recruitment of defensive backs for the 2013 class. The Tar Heels had already secured pledges from Donnie Miles, Brian Walker, and Korrin Wiggins.

"I haven't really seen Korrin or Brian or [Miles] play, but I know that if North Carolina was looking at them, they're pretty good," Lawrence said. "I'm pretty sure we're going to be explosive together. I expect us to have our own swag.

"Coach Disch was talking to me like I'm going to be a corner, but it depends on how I'm going to fill out. But corner is where they're looking at me."

A couple of days ago, Lawrence considered setting up visits to several other schools – including Michigan, NC State, and Notre Dame – before making a verbal commitment. In light of his commitment, those plans have changed.

"I'm done," Lawrence said. "That's one of the things that Coach Fedora and my family talked about today. We're committed to each other, so there really is no reason to take any more visits. There's no reason for me to look around, because I'm in love with UNC."

Lawrence is UNC's eight commitment in the class of 2013 -- and the sixth from the state of North Carolina.

"The first word I want to say [about Lawrence] is physical," Charlotte Christian head coach Jason Estep said. "He's a physical player by nature on both sides of the ball. Offensively, he'll run between the tackles and run hard and try to get extra yards. Defensively, he'll knock somebody out. He has great ball skills...

"He has a lot of tools – he can run, he has great hands, he's physical, he's starting to learn the game, from an X's and O's standpoint he's starting to see the game a little bit better and understand. He's electric and he can change the game at any moment."

Lawrence ended his junior season with 60 tackles, three interceptions, and four pass breakups. He also had over 1,000 all-purpose yards and a dozen all-purpose touchdowns.

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