North Carolina recruiting: Devon Lawrence ‘wanted to be different,’ Coby White signs NLI

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Devon Lawrence discusses Tar Heels commitment

North Carolina football coach Larry Fedora had to be breathing a huge sigh of relief after the upswing in recruiting last week, topped off with the commitment of 3-star Wake Forest, N.C., running back Devon Lawrence on Friday.

The Tar Heels desperately needed a running back in the class, just as they needed something to build on after a disappointing football season and a period of stagnation on the recruiting trail.

Lawrence was a big get with the Tar Heels beating out Clemson and UCLA, among others, for the nation’s No. 24 running back in the 47Sports composite. That’s even more impressive given that Lawrence’s brother Dexter is a starter on Clemson’s defensive line.

Instead, Lawrence chose to carve his own path by staying in state with the Tar Heels. Given his decision, it’s no surprise that he wanted to be different when it came to his announcement, too. To make his decision known after Wake Forest High knocked off Heritage to complete an undefeated season, Lawrence had two teammates hold up signs for North Carolina and UCLA before he tossed Carolina blue chalk into the air.

“I wanted to be different,” Lawrence told Rivals’ Andrew Jones. “Everybody picks a hat, and I just felt like different would be better… so why not change it up a little bit.”

For Lawrence, it ultimately came down to the feeling at North Carolina, which he said was “like family.” While it was certainly tempting to go play with his brother at Clemson, he told Rivals, he ultimately felt like North Carolina was the best option. It certainly helps that Javon Terry, his high school teammate, is committed to the Tar Heels, as well, and former high school teammate Xach Gill is currently on the roster.

Lawrence only made his decision within the last few weeks, according to Jones. Now that he’s announced, he’s ready to give North Carolina fans something to be excited about.

“Now it’s out, now we’re ready,” Lawrence said. “I’m ready to ball.”

Check out Coby White’s signing ceremony

Wednesday kicked off college basketball’s early signing period, and it went off without a hitch for the Tar Heels.

We previewed the period in The Dean’s List on Wednesday and indicated that all three verbal commits in the Tar Heels’ top-rated Class of 2018 were expected to sign during the week.

All three took place on Wednesday, although that was expected for both Rechon Black and Nassir Little, who sent in his National Letter of Intent but will host a ceremony on Saturday. But we were unsure of when exactly 5-star combo guard Coby White would sign (though he was expected to sign on with North Carolina).

He signed on Wednesday, and if you haven’t seen video of his signing, you can check it out here, courtesy of Scout’s Ross Martin.

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