2016 Target: Dexter Lawrence

WAKE FOREST, N.C. --- North Carolina is the latest school to offer Dexter Lawrence, a 6-foot-5, 290-pound defensive tackle from Wake Forest-Rolesville High School.

Scouting Report

"Dexter is a young player, but with his size and athletic ability you wouldn't think he was young," Wake Forest-Rolesville head coach Reggie Lucas said. "I think he has tremendous upside. He's good now, but I think in the next two years he's only going to get better.

"He's a great person. All the players love being around him. He's not a kid that walks around with an attitude – even when we get on him as a coach, he takes it in stride."

Prep Career

Heading into his freshman season, Lawrence earned a starting role on Wake Forest-Rolesville's defensive line at tackle. He ended that season with seven sacks.

"As a freshman, he dominated," Lucas said. "With him and another kid inside, we were very strong inside."

In addition to continuing to anchor the D-line, Lawrence will be in a rotation at offensive tackle this coming season.


Lawrence has collected scholarship offers from Arkansas, Clemson, North Carolina, and NC State.

"First of all, they like his size," Lucas said. "But when you look at his highlights, you can tell for his age and what grade he's in he's dominant still – he's dominating juniors and seniors that he's going up against."

The uniqueness of receiving multiple scholarship offers at such a young age isn't lost on Lawrence.

"I'm blessed," Lawrence said. "My mom always tells me that I'm blessed and my coaches tell me that, too."

The first school to bless Lawrence with a scholarship offer was Clemson late in the Spring Evaluation Period.

UNC is the most recent school to join the party. While out of town for an AAU basketball event, Lucas contacted Lawrence and told him to call Ron West, who recruits Wake County for the Tar Heels.

"Coach West told me he had good news for me," Lawrence said. "He told me about the history [of UNC], how they have a good education, and he told me that he'd love to see me there."

Of his quartet of offers, Arkansas is the outliner. The other three regularly heavily recruit the Triangle Area of NC.

"[Arkansas] came to the school one day," Lawrence said. "My dad lives in Arkansas. I think it was just a coincidence."

The only school Lawrence has visited is NC State. He plans to visit Clemson and UNC at some point to see the game atmospheres and tour their campuses.

"I don't really have a favorite, but I like [N.C.] State," Lawrence said. "I like how their defensive line is ran."

Extra Notes

Lawrence was born in Maryland, but eventually moved to Arkansas. In the third grade, he and his mother made the move to North Carolina. For the next few years, he moved back and forth between Arkansas and N.C. until making a permanent move to Wake Forest midway through the sixth grade… Lawrence grew up a Florida fan, because his grandfather, who lived in the Sunshine State, was a huge Gators fan… Lawrence's father played at Arkansas-Pine Bluff… Following his freshman year, Lawrence was named Academic All-Conference.

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