There was a time during his recruitment when Charlotte (N.C.) Christian safety Desmond Lawrence's phone wouldn't stop ringing. Even after his commitment to North Carolina, opposing coaches were trying to sway him. But after the appeals to Lawrence were unsuccessful, it appears most coaches have realized that trying to lure Lawrence away from the Heels is a futile effort.
"I'm pretty firm," Lawrence said. "No one has really even talked to me lately. They all know I'm solid to UNC."
Despite not recording an interception this year, Lawrence has been a key part of his team's push for a No. 1 seed in the upcoming state playoffs. He said many teams avoid throwing the ball his way, limiting opportunities for him to pile up stats.
"Most teams stay away from me," he said. "They might throw it my way once or twice a game but that's it."
In addition to his role at safety Lawrence is lining up at running back and with the exception of a few breathers here and there, playing every snap. His athletic ability and versatility are one of the reasons he picked up offers from schools like Georgia and Clemson before ultimately deciding on the Tar Heels.
Lawrence has been to Chapel Hill a few times this season for unofficial visits, and said he's planning his official visit for sometime in December.
He said by locking up his commitment early, he's really had a chance to focus on getting better, with an eye on making an impact once he arrives on campus.
"It's exciting because I know where I want to go," Lawrence said. "I want to be out there now but at the same time I'm trying to finish out my season strong and then get up there and continue to get better."
Despite the Tar Heels stumble against in-state rival Duke on Saturday, Lawrence said he's been impressed with the new coaching staff and the adjustments made by the players on the current roster.
"I think the staff has done great," he said. "The players have really adapted well to a new offense and defense … I think the program is going in a good direction and over the next couple of years I think North Carolina will be a force in the ACC."