Lawrence excited about his future

DeaconSports caught up with DaiQuan Lawrence, who made his verbal pledge to his Wake Forest recruiter, Johnathan Himebauch, on June 4th. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound lockdown cornerback from Chesapeake, Va. played at Oscar Smith before transferring to Western Branch High School, where he'll play his senior season.

"At the end of the football season, Coach Jackson came down to watch me workout," said Lawrence. "He said they he liked what he saw and thought I was the right fit with what they were looking for in a corner. He said he was impressed with my length, speed, and the way I moved my hips.

"From there, I built a solid relationship with Coach Jackson, but it was Coach Himebauch who I called first to commit. I had gone down there a couple of days earlier just to visit. It's like a big family with the team and the coaches. I had a special time when I was there and actually my conversation with Coach Grobe sealed it for me. He's a real cool guy who I think I'll have a close relationship with for the next four years. Plus, it's hard to beat getting an Ivy League education while playing in the ACC."

Lawrence had offers from Coastal Carolina, Hampton, Norfolk State, North Carolina Central and Syracuse and Virginia. He had a tough time deciding to stay in-state or make the move to Winston-Salem.

"I really liked UVa too," he said. "It was a tough decision. I thought Wake Forest was the better fit for me. It's a huge relief. The recruiting process is great but it was starting to get stressful."

In his first year as a starter at Western Branch, Lawrence defended 30 passes in the secondary and helped his team, the Bruins, to a 9-3 record. A 34-point home loss to his old school, Oscar Smith, in week seven is one he'd probably like to have back but he doesn't regret his decision to transfer after his sophomore year.

"I love being at Western Branch," Lawrence said. "We're going to have a good team this year. I'm trying to be more aggressive and make plays. My biggest strengths are my physicality, cover skills, and my instincts." Lawrence also runs track at Western Branch. He's been timed at 4.4 in the 40-yard dash on the laser.

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