Multiple UNC Visits for Lawrence

FOUR OAKS, N.C. --- To say Dexter Lawrence has taken very few recruiting trips would be an understatement. However, North Carolina has received not one, but two visits from the four-star defensive tackle this offseason.

Most recently, Lawrence, a 6-foot-5, 330-pounder from Wake Forest (N.C.), attended UNC’s elite junior day earlier this month.

”It was fun," he said. "I liked how they had everything set up for the recruits leading up to the game. I also enjoyed meeting some of the new defensive coaches.”

At the time of the visit, Tray Scott had yet to officially become UNC’s defensive line coach and thus wasn’t present for the junior day’s activities. However, Lawrence did received ample attention from Gene Chizik, UNC’s new defensive coordinator.

”He’s won a national championship, so it was an honor to talk to him.” Lawrence said. “He also told me a little about himself and said he came back to coaching because he felt having a chance to coach at North Carolina was a great opportunity for him.

”He talked to me about their defense and how I would fit in. He told me I’d play the three-technique for them. He also told me I was their No. 1 guy and that meant a lot.”

Lawrence also had several conversations with Larry Fedora where academics were the topic of conversation.

With a limited travel history coupled with an unlimited list of scholarship offers, Lawrence has elected to remain neutral.

”No schools are standing out right now,” Lawrence said. “I’m still wide open. I might cut my list of schools to ten during the middle of my season and then I’ll take five official visits. As far as a decision, I might wait until Signing Day.

”It’s going to be a tough decision. I’m looking for a program that’s family-oriented and for a coaching staff that pushes me.”

During the summer months Lawrence plans to open up his travel schedule. Alabama, Arkansas, Clemson, Georgia, South Carolina, and Tennessee are among the schools he’d like to visit.

Lawrence was the headliner at last Saturday’s Shrine Bowl Combine. After checking in at 6-foot-5 and 330 pounds, he registered a 4.79-second 40-yard dash, 4.68-second 20-yard shuttle, 7-foot-8 broad jump, and 38 bench reps of 185 pounds.

(’s Michael Clark provided the quotes for this story)

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