Lawrence breaks down the decision

Lawrence breaks down the decision

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Lawrence breaks down the decision

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WAKE FOREST, N.C. – Dexter Lawrence would have been a hometown hero if he picked NC State. Instead, he went with the school that felt like home.

Clemson added the five-star defensive tackle to its 2016 signing class on Monday afternoon when Lawrence announced his decision before a packed auditorium at Wake Forest High School.

“I just feel like that was the best place for me. I fit in there. I get along with all the coaches pretty well. I just enjoy it,” he said, after the announcement.

“Every time I went up there it was a great experience and great coaches.”

Lawrence reached the decision about a week ago.

“I felt like I just fit in with everything they did. All of the coaches treated my mom well. That was the biggest thing, and they just treated me well also,” he said.

Clemson won out over NC State and Alabama. Ohio State, Florida and UNC were among the others that received consideration.

“I just felt like I had a better plan at Clemson,” Lawrence said.

It was the August unofficial that helped swing momentum in the Tigers’ direction.

“I just learned so much about them and I just enjoy coach (Dabo) Swinney,” Lawrence said.

November’s official visit helped. So did the relationships Lawrence shares with head coach Dabo Swinney and defensive tackles coach Dan Brooks.

“He’s a great guy. Always has a smile on his face. Always talks about family,” Lawrence said of Swinney.

Brooks is a “cool dude,” according to Lawrence.

“He’s going to work me hard and love me at the same time,” Lawrence said.

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