Lawrence Meets Chizik

While on campus for North Carolina’s Junior Day on Saturday, Dexter Lawrence, one of the top in-state prospects for the 2016 class, received an opportunity to meet with Gene Chizik, UNC’s new defensive coordinator.

“He talked to me about just how he’s going to help change the program around,” the Wake Forest (N.C.) High standout said. “I like his history.”

The history Lawrence is referring to is Chizik’s national championships as head coach of Auburn and co-defensive coordinator of Texas.

The junior day was Lawrence’s first recruiting trip in quite some time. The 6-foot-5, 290-pound defensive tackle last visited a school during the summer, despite holding between 30 and 40 scholarship offers.

“It was fun,” Lawrence said. “I enjoyed it. We watched some film, we got to meet the coaches, we ate, went to the locker room, and then watched the [basketball] game.”

Throughout his stay, Lawrence conversed often with Keith Gilmore, UNC’s defensive line coach.

“He told me how it’s going to be different next year and things like that,” Lawrence said.

One aspect that apparently will remain the same is Gilmore. Lawrence said he was told that Gilmore will continue to be a member of UNC’s staff – which was music to Lawrence’s ears after seeing his area recruiter, Ron West, depart earlier in the month.

“I really like Coach Gilmore,” Lawrence said. “I think I can learn a lot from him.”

A byproduct of his lack of visits: Lawrence doesn’t claim any favorite schools.

Lawrence’s teammate, Bryce Love, is scheduled to make his collegiate decision on Friday, after taking official visits to UNC, Stanford, and Virginia Tech. Lawrence is unsure where Love is leaning, but that decision could factor into his recruitment.

“It could [affect me], but I’ve just got to go somewhere that fits me best,” Lawrence said.

For the second consecutive season, Lawrence helped Wake Forest to the NCHSAA 4AA Title game. On the season, he totaled 55 tackles, including 25.0 for a loss and 10.0 sacks. He also intercepted a pass and deflected three others, and forced three fumbles.


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