Trio of ACC programs battling SEC for Lawrence

It’s no secret that Dexter Lawrence is one of N.C. State and North Carolina’s top football recruits in the class of 2016. In fact, the 6-4, 340-pound 5-star defensive tackle is probably the top overall player — regardless of position — on UNC and NCSU’s entire senior recruiting board at this time.

It’s shaping up to be a potential Tobacco Road battle for Lawrence, who lists as the No. 3 overall player in the country in the class of 2016, as well as the top-ranked player in North Carolina and the nation’s No. 2 defensive tackle prospect. Lawrence admitted in a recent interview with that both the Wolfpack and Tar Heels are coming at him hard. This past weekend, he visited a third out-of-state ACC program.