While his brother is close to competing for a national title at Clemson, Wake Forest (N.C.) four-star running back Devon Lawrence is on the verge of winning a title, too.
Lawrence, the younger brother of Clemson freshman defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence, scored the game-winning touchdown in overtime of Wake Forest’s playoff semifinal game against Middle Creek (Apex) on Friday night to send his team into the Class 4AA state championship game versus Page (Greensboro) next Saturday.
It is only one of the highlights this season for Lawrence, who rushed for 1,267 yards on 175 attempts (7.2 average) with 21 touchdowns through the first 12 games of the season. The junior in the class of 2018 reached 100 or more yards rushing seven times during the same span.
“I’m confident in my team. We’re getting ready,” Lawrence told The Clemson Insider earlier this season. “I feel pretty good about my performance.”
Lawrence carries offers from Clemson, Alabama, East Carolina, Florida State, North Carolina and N.C. State.
Lawrence visited Clemson several times this season, most recently for the Tigers’ rivalry game against South Carolina after trips for the Louisville and N.C. State games.
“It was pretty good,” Lawrence said of his visit during a recent interview with TCI. “They played a good game.”
Lawrence also attended games at North Carolina and Wake Forest this season.
The 5-foot-11, 200-pounder said he hears from Clemson consistently.
“It’s good,” Lawrence said of his relationship with Clemson’s staff. “We communicate on a regular basis.”
Lawrence likes the family atmosphere he feels at Clemson.
“They’re a good school,” Devon told TCI in September. “They’re family, the program is good, they’re family oriented and they make you feel like they really want you.”
As a sophomore in 2015, Lawrence ran for 1,335 yards and 23 touchdowns.
Lawrence, who is rated as a top-250 player in his class and a top-15 running back, has maintained an open mind in the recruiting process and doesn’t have any leaders at this time.
Lawrence plans to enroll early at the school of his choice. Academics and program culture will be of importance to him when he makes a decision in the future.
“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.”