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RB Devon Lawrence Begins to Focus on Recruiting

UNC figures to be among the 2018 in-state running back's offseason stops.

RALEIGH, N.C. --- With his junior football season officially complete, Devon Lawrence will begin to slowly shift his concentration more towards recruiting.

"I've been focusing on my football career in high school and then this offseason I'll step more into college and recruiting and all that," Lawrence said. 

Lawrence, a 5-foot-11, 203-pound running back from Wake Forest (N.C.) High, will spend the holiday Dead Period discussing potential offseason visits with his mother. However, North Carolina, a school he has already visited quite frequently, figures to be among his stops.

Unlike most recruits, Lawrence has the benefit of having watched his older brother, Dexter, go through the process -- albeit at the highest level.

"I learned to just stay humble and believe in myself and believe in my team," Lawrence said. 

Dexter, of course, went on to enroll at Clemson. Having an older brother at Clemson won't provide the Tigers with any sort of advantage, Lawrence said. Similarly, watching older teammates Darius Hodge and Xach Gill commit to NC State and UNC, respectively, won't impact Lawrence.

"I'm just taking it day by day, learning new things," Lawrence said. 

Sixteen schools have offered Lawrence scholarships. Pittsburgh, Tennessee, and Wake Forest are among his newest offers.

This past season, Clemson and UNC were the only schools to host Lawrence for visits. He attended the Tar Heels' first two homes games, wins over James Madison and Pittsburgh.

Lawrence also maintains regular contact with UNC area recruiter Charlton Warren.

"He just says keep pounding," Lawrence said. "He has told me to take my time, but he can't wait to see me again on campus."

Lawrence couldn't have ended his junior football season any better: undefeated with the first football championship in school history. Winning the NCHSAA 4AA crown was sweeter than normal because he was a freshman on the Wake Forest squad that lost to Charlotte (N.C.) Mallard Creek in the 2014 title game.

"It feels good, it feels nice to just make an impact," Lawrence said. "I made a little of an impact freshman year, but this year I knew I could rely on my teammates and knew they'd make the play if it was there."

Lawrence made quite impact this season. Specifically in the championship game, he was awarded the Western Champion Most Outstanding Offensive Player for his impact.

"I don't really care about awards," Lawrence said. "I just care about my team and just fighting for them. I mean I'm glad I got the award -- no doubt about that -- but if I didn't get it I'd still be proud of my team and whoever got it."

Against Greensboro (N.C.) Page in the championship game, Lawrence scored all three of Wake Forest's offensive touchdowns (two rushing and one receiving).

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