Lawrence Gets First Look at UNC

Dexter Lawrence, one of the top in-state recruits for the 2016 class, made his first recruiting trip of the football season and first visit to North Carolina last Thursday for the Tar Heels' nationally televised game against Miami.

"It went well," Lawrence said. "I met the coaches and the game was pretty nice also. It was a good atmosphere. The student section was nice – I liked that. The facility that I saw was nice, also."

Lawrence, a 6-foot-5, 290-pound defensive tackle from Wake Forest (N.C.), was recently rated a four-star prospect by Arkansas, Clemson, Florida, UNC, and NC State are among the schools to have offered him.

On Thursday, decked out in black – like UNC's student section and most of the fans for "Zero Dark Thursday" – Lawrence arrived on campus about 90 minutes before kickoff with teammate Bryce Love. While in the football building, Lawrence spent time talking with Larry Fedora and UNC assistant coach Randy Jordan.

"They told me that I have to come back to tour the school and come to more games," Lawrence said.

Lawrence plans to accept the open invitation to return, but is unsure when such visits will take place.

In the meantime, Thursday served as an introductory visit for Lawrence.

"I haven't really met my coach or anything yet, but I think it's a really nice school so far," Lawrence said.

Prior to last Thursday night, NC State was the only school that Lawrence has visited.

"I decided to go to the [UNC-Miami] game, because I thought it would be a good game, which it was – came down to the last couple of minutes," Lawrence said. "I wanted to see some of their key players and see how their defensive line is coached."

Lawrence, who left late in the third quarter, was impressed by UNC's defense.

"They're intense and very aggressive," Lawrence said. "They flow to the ball very well and they got a good push into the backfield."

Lawrence plans to make additional recruiting trips this football season, but doesn't have any definite plans. Florida, Michigan, and South Carolina are some of the schools he'd like to visit.

Wake Forest High, which is 7-1, makes the short trip to Raleigh on Friday for a big conference matchup against Leesville Road. In eight games, Lawrence has accumulated 23 tackles (eight solo), including seven for a loss and 4.0 sacks. He also has five pass deflections and a forced fumble.

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