In the days leading up to the U.S. Army All-America Game, USA TODAY High School Sports will be checking in with a number of players for their accounts of the events and activities in San Antonio. This entry is from Dexter Lawrence, Wake Forest (Wake Forest, N.C.) defensive tackle. Lawrence is the No. 3 player in 2016 according to 247 Sports, and committed to Clemson shortly before the winter holidays.
It’s an honor to be here. Everything has been great. The best talent is around you. Knowing that this is a lot like what it’s going to be like in college, that’s really fun.
Nothing has been too hard in practice, but there’s a lot of competing. It’s a lot stronger than when I was in high school, but adjusting wasn’t too hard. I’ve been rooming with Brian Burns. is speed is crazy off the edge. And he’s a good guy with good personality.
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I don’t know too many guys on the West team, so there isn’t really any one person I want to line up against. I really just want to prove that I’m here for a reason and have fun.
The first day we got here they had us sign 400-plus cards. That was interesting. Then we went to the Station where they had sit-up and push-up contests and an eating contest. And we had Army sergeants come in and talk to us and teach us, which was neat.
There haven’t been many schools that have been reaching out to me after I picked Clemson so I guess they respect my decision. Of all the coaches and places recruiting me, Clemson just felt like home. They care for the players there. The coaches are going to be there no matter what. They made it clear they would coach me hard but love me at the same time. I think that’s the best way for me to be successful.
I don’t like people telling me what to do, so I’m not trying to tell other players here to come with me to Clemson. That has to be their decision.
What you see is what you get with me. I’m just relaxed and looking forward to everything being thrown my way and trying to enjoy it.