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Lawrence is a Blank Slate

UNC was the only school the 2018 running back visited this summer. He plans to return this season.

WAKE FOREST, N.C. --- Having a brother -- especially one so high profile – on Clemson’s roster has forced reasonable minds to assume Devon Lawrence is a lock to eventually become a Tiger himself. However, the younger Lawrence says that’s not necessarily the case.

“I’m my own person – I choose where I want to go,” Lawrence said. “And if [Clemson] is best for me, then I’ll go there. But, if it’s not then I’ll go somewhere else.”

Lawrence, a 5-foot-11, 203-pound running back from Wake Forest High, added that the family connection doesn’t even provide Clemson a leg up on the competition. In fact, the 2018 prospect doesn’t claim any favorite schools among his 15 scholarship offers.

“As in standings, I don’t really have any schools standing at the top,” Lawrence said. “I really don’t have a top, right now.”

Lawrence’s older brother, Dexter, enrolled at Clemson last January following a hectic recruitment. The five-star defensive tackle was recruited by nearly every school in the nation.

During his recruitment, Dexter made several visits to UNC. But, Devon has already taken more trips to Chapel Hill than his brother ever did. Even during the heat of Dexter’s recruitment, Devon made the short trip to UNC without his older brother.

“A lot of it is because [the UNC coaches] have been asking me to come,” Lawrence said. “And I’m just like, ‘That’s fine with me.’ There’s always something new you can learn.”

Most of Lawrence’s recruiting trips have been as a guest of his brother’s. Some of those experiences have grabbed his attention.

“Clemson, of course, caught my eye,” Lawrence said. “That’s a great program. 

“Alabama is a pretty good program, too. Ohio State, it was looking good to me just because of what they do with their players and how many players they [place] in the NFL.”

UNC was one of two schools -- NC State being the other -- Lawrence visited this past summer.

“The coaches tell me they’d really love me to come there,” Lawrence said. “They have great coaches – fun coaches – and they’re really down-to-earth. It’s a great program and they’re coming up. I think they’re going to do great things in the future.”

Lawrence, who was in the stands when the Tar Heels beat Miami last season, figures to return to Kenan Stadium this season. He’s eying the grudge match with NC State on Nov. 25.

Florida State, Georgia, and Tennessee are also desired fall destinations for Lawrence. The only scheduled trip, though, is the Florida State-Clemson game in Tallahassee on Oct. 29.

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