Nov 10, 2012; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels head coach Larry Fedora runs on to the field before the game at Kenan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

UNC Football Recruiting: Heels Could Have Dynamic DE Duo in Carl Lawson, Da'Shawn Hand

The North Carolina Tar Heels have a rich tradition of producing big time defensive ends from Lawrence Taylor to Julius Peppers and Quinton Coples to name a few.  Larry Fedora has a chance to usher in two top flight ends who have UNC on their list could make for one of the most dynamic duos in Carolina history if Fedora is able to reel them both in.


Carl Lawson  of the 2013 class 6-2 253 pounds ranked as the #2 overall player in the class, Lawson is very physical and quick off the ball.  His combination of power and quickness to go along with an array of advanced moves at the line of scrimmage make him nearly unblockable and a good bet to make an immediate impact at the next level.  Lawsons commitment to Auburn began to waiver with the change in the Tigers coaching staff and he noted the Tar Heels great academic program as something he likes about Carolina when discussing his options.

Lawson who has a soft commit to Auburn is looking at Carolina, Ole Miss and Clemson.

Da’Shawn Hand of the 2014 class at 6-4, 260 pounds Hand is known for his freakish athleticism and his advanced arsenal of moves to get to the quarterback. Hand is able to overpower and get by blockers with both sound technique and uncanny quickness for a player of his size.  A great tackler with a nose for the football, Hand is one of the best recruits in the entire class and could be an instant force at the collegiate level.

Hand recently tweeted his top five college choices and included the North Carolina among Alabama, Michigan, South Carolina and Virginia Tech.

A combination of Lawson and Hand in 2014 could give the Tar Heels one of the best defensive lines in the country.  With four star DE’s Dajuan Drennon and Nazair Jones and defensive tackle Greg Webb the talent on the DL is already promising, adding these two five star studs to the line would be special.

Don’t look for an answer in the short term from either one of these two fine players, expect Lawson to wait until signing day and for Hand to take his time and visit the top five schools on his list before he’s ready to make a commitment.

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