Despite the vast amount of interest, recruiting has been an afterthought for Lawrence. The 6-foot-5, 290-pounder didn’t take any recruiting visits during the summer. Instead, he elected to spend extra time on Wake Forest High’s practice fields.
“I’ve just been out here trying to get better,” Lawrence said.
Lawrence figures to handles things differently during the football season. After helping Wake Forest on Friday nights, he plans to attend college games on Saturdays. Some of the destinations that he has in mind include Florida State, Florida, Michigan, Ohio State, and Tennessee.
“I want to see how the coaches are – how are they into it,” Lawrence said. “The education part is big.”
Location, though, won’t play a role in Lawrence’s recruitment.
“Anywhere will be fine if I like it or not,” Lawrence said.
Lawrence also plans to make a return visit to North Carolina for a game. He attended “Zero Dark Thursday,” the Thursday night game against Miami, last season.
“It’s easier to visit them, since it’s in-state,” Lawrence said.
UNC assistant coaches Keith Gilmore and Ron West have teamed up to recruit Lawrence. Lawrence says he communicates with at least one of them weekly, if not a couple times a week.
“They tell me to keep working hard, get stronger, and faster,” Lawrence said. “They also tell me to keep my grades up.”
Given the lack of recruiting visits, Lawrence has found it difficult to establish a list of favorite schools.
“They all are equal to me, until I start visiting schools and seeing how they are,” Lawrence said.
Lawrence’s close friend and teammate, Bryce Love, will be making his collegiate decision in the coming months. Lawrence admits that whichever school lands Love will receive an unmatched advantage with him.
“I’d like to play with him in college,” Lawrence said.
Love has yet to name a list of finalists, but mentioned that East Carolina, Florida, UNC, NC State, Stanford, Virginia Tech, and Wisconsin are among the schools he’s still considering.
Besides USC, Lawrence has collected offers from Arkansas, Clemson, Duke, East Carolina, Florida, Miami, Michigan, UNC, NC State, and South Carolina.