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Devon Lawrence is somehow a bit of a recruiting secret. He’s a 4-star recruit, but somehow a few of his 16 reported offers have not been publicized.
That seems pretty hard to imagine given his older brother was regarded as a consensus 5-star prospect in the 2016 class.
Dexter Lawrence wound up rated as the nation’s No. 2 prospect and has been a wrecking ball at times as a freshman. Clemson signed the 6-foot-5, 340-pound defensive tackle, but his younger brother excels at a different position.
Lawrence called Alabama and Georgia his dream schools growing up. The 4-star RB from North Carolina already holds an offer from both programs. (Student Sports)
The 5-foot-11, 195-pounder hails from North Carolina and that places him in the same class as 5-star RB Zamir White. White — as DawgNation has chronicled — is the nation’s consensus top RB for the 2018 class.
DawgNation has learned the 4-star prospect could very well be Georgia’s top target at RB behind White in the junior class. The Wake Forest High standout also said three very interesting things regarding his recruiting on Wednesday.
He called Alabama and Georgia his “dream schools” growing up. The junior already has offers from both programs.
“Just because they always had running backs who produced,” Lawrence said. “I always watched those teams because of their running backs.”
Lawrence also said he plans to take his first visit to UGA later this month for the Auburn game.
That’s a serious packet of information for a player that none of the major recruiting services even list as holding an offer from the Bulldogs. He’s currently rated as the nation’s No. 13 prospect at RB for 2018.
Alabama actually offered him before the Bulldogs, but Lawrence said that Clemson, North Carolina and Georgia were recruiting him the hardest at this time. Ohio State was also coming at him hard.
Lawrence lists other big-name offers from the likes of FSU, Georgia Tech, Maryland, N.C. State and Tennessee but also indicated he’s ready to narrow things down.
He’s been mapping things out with his coaches to establish a Top 10 at the end of this season. The junior felt that Clemson, North Carolina and very likely Georgia will also already get official visits.
There’s a sense of urgency to naming that Top 10 because he plans to enroll early in January of 2018. He aspires to pursue a double major in criminal justice and communications.
It must be noted that a lot of his top schools are also major players for White. He’s aware of that and takes a mature attitude toward that. Lawrence realizes teams need to employ multiple backs to keep everyone fresh and healthy during the grind of a 12-game season.
That’s what he said he likes best about Georgia right now.
“I watch the games and see how Georgia is with (Sony) Michel and (Nick) Chubb,” Lawrence said. “I like their rotation because you are not going to play a whole game without getting tired. They are smart about that. Smart about rotating them in and out knowing what they can and cannot do and what situations to put them in and whatnot.”
He’s a versatile player who has already gotten experience lining up in the slot and all over the field. He’s a lot like Georgia’s Sony Michel in that regard. He also patterns his game after NFL back David Johnson with the Arizona Cardinals.
“He’s all about power and speed,” said Lawrence, who can already power clean 295 pounds in his own right.
That’s how his game compares to what White brings to the field.
Lawrence plans to take his first visit to UGA for the Auburn game on Nov. 12. (Student Sports)
“If we happen to both go to the same school we are just going to have to battle it out,” Lawrence said. “He’s a great runner. No doubt. I’ve watched him and seen him play. If we both like the same school, then that team is just going to get two great players. It will be a battle from there. You just have to win your spot.”
He wears the same No. 3 as former Georgia great Todd Gurley. That’s another factor which can help Georgia’s cause.
“That man is an animal,” he said.
Lawrence said he’s been hand-timed as low as 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash.
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