RALEIGH, N.C. --- A lot of unknowns remain with Dexter Lawrence’s recruitment. However, the five-star defensive tackle’s decision plans are slowly taking shape.
“I probably won’t narrow anything down,” Lawrence said. “I’ll probably just decide from where I’ve visited. I’ll probably decide on Dec. 14, so that I can graduate early.”
That’s an about-face from Lawrence’s previous plans. Originally, the 6-foot-5, 335-pound Wake Forest (N.C.) product planned to reveal his finalists by the end of October.
Although those lines, Lawrence denies having a leader or possessing a favorite schools list.
“They’re all doing a pretty good job [recruiting me],” Lawrence said.
Thus far, Lawrence has visited Alabama, Clemson, Florida, North Carolina, and NC State. Of those, only his trip to Gainesville was an official visit, which took place in late September and included a Gators win over rival Tennessee with less than two minutes remaining.
Two more of Lawrence’s official visit slots have been accounted for: Clemson on Nov. 7 (vs. Florida State) and Ohio State on Nov. 21 (vs. Michigan State). His final two openings remain up for grabs.
“I don’t know right now,” Lawrence said of possible destinations for his final two official visits. “I’m just looking and trying to figure that out.”
Unofficially, Lawrence most recently returned to UNC. He attended the Tar Heels rout of Wake Forest.
“It was pretty good,” Lawrence said. “The defense looked pretty strong. And they looked disciplined, even though a lot of guys were injured.”
That day, Lawrence was scheduled to arrive on campus at 4:30, two and a half hours prior to kickoff. Instead, he reached Kenan Stadium just as the team took the field for warm-ups (i.e. less than an hour before kickoff). As such, Lawrence was unable to sit down with any of UNC’s coaches. However, as soon as he reached the field he was constantly shadowed by at least one member of the Tar Heels’ staff.
“They were just saying how I would be a big benefit to their defense,” Lawrence said. “And they were telling me how they’ve been improving, but would continue to improve with me.”
Lawrence’s interactions included brief conversations with defensive coordinator Gene Chizik, Larry Fedora, defensive line coach Tray Scott, and primary recruiter Charlton Warren.
“They’re still in the running,” Lawrence said. “I like just the tradition with the D-line and the new coaching staff.”
Lawrence is unsure if or when he’ll return to UNC. In fact, besides his two upcoming official visits, he doesn’t have any future recruiting trips scheduled.