WAKE FOREST, N.C. --- Though overshadowed by his five-star brother, Devon Lawrence has quietly assembled an impressive scholarship offer list. North Carolina is among the five schools to offer the 5-foot-10, 165-pound running back from the 2018 class.
“Devon is still young,” Wake Forest head coach Reggie Lucas said. “So I think it’s going to be interesting seeing him run this year [and] seeing him develop into what type of ‘back he’s going to be. What we saw last year, he has power [and] he has speed. I think this year we’re not going to see him shy away from contact, but yet be able to break away. He’s going to be a power runner, in my opinion.”
As a freshman last season, Lawrence played on varsity for a team that went undefeated until losing in the NCHSAA 4AA Championship. More impressively, he was Wake Forest’s second leading rusher behind Stanford running back Bryce Love. Lawrence, who primarily lined up at fullback in a wing-T offense, ended that season with 653 yards and seven touchdowns on 105 rushes.
While accompanying his brother, Dexter, to North Carolina’s Junior Day in March, Lawrence received a UNC scholarship offer during a meeting in Larry Fedora’s office.
“[Fedora] just said that he likes what I do and he likes what he sees,” Lawrence said. “And he offered me a scholarship.
“It’s an honor for them to offer me so young. And I feel that I’ll be showing interest in that school.”
At that time, Lawrence had already collected NC State and North Carolina A&T offers. He has since added offers from Alabama and Florida State.
Auburn and Georgia has also expressed interest in Lawrence.
Lawrence has joined Dexter on each of his recruiting trips, which means the younger Lawrence has visited Alabama, Clemson, and NC State, in addition to UNC.
“I’m going through it with Dexter, so it’s a good experience for me to see what I should do, how to stay humble, and how he handles things,” Lawrence said.
Dexter hasn’t just led by example – he has given his younger brother advice along the way.
“He has just told me that you can’t get cocky – you’ve got to keep your head straight,” Lawrence said. “He was telling me, ‘They’re going to come after you [and] they’re going to want interviews,’ and when you do interviews just talk about your team. He said to show grace, because the recruiting process does get hard.”
Like his older brother, Lawrence isn’t favoring any schools.
“I’m just looking at every school right now, because I want to see what school is the best for me and where I’ll fit best at,” Lawrence said. “So I’m just taking my time, being patient and waiting.”
When Dexter selects a school on Signing Day ’16, it’s not a guarantee that Lawrence will follow him.
“It depends on the school that he goes to and how I feel about that school,” Lawrence said. “I want to go where he’s at, but at the same time I want to go against him. We’ve played football since second or third grade and we’ve always been on the same team, and I want to go against him at least one time.”
Growing up, Lawrence rooted for “any school that ran the ball.” He listed Alabama, Auburn, and Georgia as some of the schools he admired… In addition to his brother, Lawrence is close with former backfield mate Bryce Love, who’s playing for Stanford… After the coming football season, Lawrence plans to be a part of Wake Forest’s swim and track teams.
2018 Target: Devon Lawrence
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