Signee Update: Desmond Lawrence

In preparation for his collegiate career, North Carolina signee Desmond Lawrence decided to run track this spring.

"I'm a long corner, so I want to have more than just length – I want to be able to run with some of the top receivers in the ACC," Lawrence said. "So I want to get some speed up under me."

Lawrence, a 6-foot, 182-pounder from Charlotte (N.C.) Christian, is having a very successful track season. He qualified for the NCSIAA State Track Meet in all of the events he participates in. However, league rules allow him to only compete in four events. He chose the 100-and 200-meter dashes, and 4x100 and 4x200 relays.

Lawrence's personal best times include 10.84 seconds in the 100 and 22.4 seconds in the 200.

"I'm no T.J. Logan, but I have some speed," Lawrence said with a laugh.

In addition to track, Lawrence has been following the workout regimen UNC sends its signees. The transition from his high school workouts has been seamless.

"The workouts that we do at Charlotte Christian, we basically took them from Liberty so I've been following a college plan," Lawrence said. "It's just more reps of the weight that I do. The North Carolina workout adds more exercise and drills in the weight room than my previous workout."

Lawrence says he has added seven or eight pounds since the football season. His goal is to enter the 185-190-pound range by the time he enrolls at UNC.

Although Lawrence continues to speak regularly with Gunter Brewer, his primary recruiter, since Signing Day, contact with Dan Disch has increased. Regardless, Lawrence hasn't received a clearer idea of where he fits within UNC's 4-2-5 defense.

"I'm probably going to start off by working myself into cornerback," Lawrence said. "But who knows. With so many spots in that defensive backfield, they may just test me out at each position to see where I fit best."

In addition to the UNC coaches, Lawrence has developed a strong relationship with fellow signee and defensive back Brian Walker. The two have discussed rooming together.

"Everybody thinks that when you go in you are opponents," Lawrence said. "You are competing for a job with your fellow teammate, but at the end of the day you're part of a team. Brian and I, we have a cool relationship. Every time we see each other, we kick it."

Lawrence hopes to continue to wear No. 2, his high school number, into his UNC career.

"My sophomore year [of high school], I wore No. 24 and then I switched to 2 and that's when I started to pick up all my offers," Lawrence said. "I just look at the number as lucky because when I switched to it, everything good started to happen. I'm hoping I can have that snowball effect at North Carolina."

Lawrence, who is academically qualified, will arrive in Chapel Hill on June 17 to enroll in the second summer semester. He is looking to major in business at UNC.

"It's a nice major that I can fall back on and one that can be used everywhere," Lawrence said. "It will give me a lot of options after football."

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