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4-star Lawrence talks brother Dexter, recruitment

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When Clemson defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence makes his homecoming to North Carolina this Saturday for Clemson’s game against Wake Forest, Devon Lawrence, Dexter’s younger brother, will be in attendance as a highly touted recruit.

Devon, a four-star running back from Wake Forest High in Wake Forest, N.C., has offers from Clemson, Alabama, Georgia, Florida State, Maryland, North Carolina, N.C. State and Ohio State among others. He was first offered by N.C. State during his freshman season.

Devon is looking forward to seeing his sibling in action during the visit to Wake.

“It’s always exciting to see him play,” Devon said.

Devon is one of Clemson’s top targets at running back in the 2018 class, and he has been to three Clemson games this season as a recruit, most recently the Syracuse game on Nov. 5 following visits for the Louisville and N.C. State games earlier in the year.

“It was a good visit,” Devon said of the Syracuse game. “Every visit is always a good visit there.”

Devon had the opportunity to speak to Dabo Swinney, Tony Elliott, Robbie Caldwell, Brent Venables and Dan Brooks while on campus.

“Just saying keep up the good work, see you soon and keep working hard,” Devon said.

Devon, who runs a 4.5-second 40-yard dash, has had a good season for Wake Forest despite being less than 100 percent since suffering a high ankle sprain in the season opener. Wake Forest is 11-0 heading into its first-round playoff matchup against Panther Creek on Friday.

Earlier this season during Clemson’s bye week, Dexter was able to watch Devon play, as well.

Devon is rated nationally as a top-250 player and a top-15 running back, while Dexter was a five-star recruit in the 2016 class.

Naturally, the two have high expectations for one another and keep each other accountable.

And therefore Devon isn’t surprised by Dexter’s big contributions to Clemson as a freshman.

“We hold each other to a high standard,” Devon said. “So, I expected it, but I’m real proud of him.”

Many schools are after Devon’s services, so he is maintaining an open mind in the recruiting process and didn’t name any leaders right now.

But he did say Clemson is in good standing.

“I’ve been feeling pretty good about them and the vibes and everything has been pretty good,” he said.

Devon has also visited North Carolina this season.

The 5-foot-11, 200-pounder prioritizes a few factors in his recruitment, and he plans to enroll early in his college of choice.

“Education, of course the football program and the coaches,” Devon said of what is important to him, “and the character of the players that I’ll be joining.”

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