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RB Devon Lawrence Accepting of UNC Coaching Turnover

UNC is one of three schools that have caught the in-state running back's eye.

When Devon Lawrence returned to North Carolina on Saturday, the running back only attended the Tar Heels' basketball game. Thus, there were no conversations regarding UNC's RB coach vacancy. In fact, Lawrence was completely unaware that Larry Porter had bolted for Auburn.

"I don't really know right now [how that changes things for me]," Lawrence said. "I still have to go and talk to the new running back coach to see if I like him."

Lawrence, 5-foot-11, 203-pounder from Wake Forest (N.C.), did converse plenty with UNC's coaches when he attended the Tar Heels' junior day in late January. That day, he had separate meetings with Porter and Larry Fedora.

"[Fedora] told me that he likes what he sees," Lawrence said. "He wants me to keep up the hard work."

Considering UNC's staff turnover, it's fortunate for the Tar Heels that Lawrence is taking a nonchalant approach to his recruitment.

"I'm just going to let it go as it is," Lawrence said. "I'll go visit [schools] and just see what I like and see what I don't like."

Thus, Lawrence has no idea when he'll make a verbal commitment. He did reveal he's nowhere close to making a decision.

Regardless, Lawrence says three programs have grabbed his attention: Georgia, LSU, and UNC.

"They all run the ball," Lawrence said. "But, the only school I talk to constantly is UNC, because I've been there -- I haven't been to Georgia or LSU. So, with those schools I just like their football style."

Actually, UNC is the only school Lawrence has visited since the end of the football season. He is, though, working on scheduling a trip to Georgia.

Noticeably absent from Lawrence's favorite schools list is Clemson, where his brother, Dexter, earned ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year honors last season.

"I have interest in them, but I've been there, I've seen it with Dex," Lawrence said. "So, I'm just trying to go to other schools before I go there again."

Does Lawrence want to reunite with his brother on the college level or blaze his own trail?

"It doesn't really matter to me," Lawrence said. "Either way it goes, I'm going to work hard and do my best."

As a junior, Lawrence helped guide Wake Forest High to an undefeated season and its first state championship (in NC's highest classification, no less). He led the Cougars in rushing (1,533 yards and 25 touchdowns).

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