DE Carl Lawson, who is considered one of the state’s top 10 prospects, committed to Auburn on Saturday night.
The 6-foot-3, 245-pound defensive end from Milton High School picked his longtime leader Auburn over UCLA, among his 25 early football scholarship offers. Lawson is considered one of the Southeast’s best pure pass rushers.
“I love Auburn, the football tradition, the people and everything,” Lawson told the AJC. “Every time I go up there, they hit everything on my checklist.”
Lawson said his college decision was endorsed by his father, Carl Lawson Sr., who played fullback on Georgia Tech’s 1990 national championship team. The Yellow Jackets are one of Lawson’s 25 offers.
“My father wanted me to go to Auburn,” the younger Lawson said. “He wanted me to commit the last time I was there. He likes Auburn. My family loves it. Last time I visited Auburn, I named them as my leader. This time, I committed.”
Lawson, along with Dooly County DT Montravius Adams and Norcross RB Alvin Kamara, became overnight sensations in recruiting circles after their performances in December’s RisingSeniors.com all-star game which featured many of the state’s top high school juniors.
Lawson out-performed many offensive and defensive linemen that were ranked ahead of him in practices and the game. Coaches said “he couldn’t be blocked” and one scout compared him to a young David Pollack out of high school.
Lawson hit the jackpot that week. He had no scholarship offers at the time but soon it rained with scholarship offers, with around 25 schools stepping forward. “The last few months have been ridiculous,” Lawson said. “I’ve been blessed.”
Some of Lawson’s other offers were Alabama, Florida, Clemson, Cal, Missouri, Nebraska, USC and Tennessee.
Surprisingly, Lawson was never offered by UGA. What was the deal there? “I have no interest in Georgia, and Georgia has no interest in me,” he said.
Lawson said he’s “100 percent committed” to Auburn but he still plans to finish out his tour of college campuses.
“I’m probably going to still visit a lot of schools,” Lawson said. “Next week, I’m going to Tennessee. And then I’m going to Clemson with [my former high school teammate] Ryan Jenkins. I’m hoping to go to Ole Miss, and I’m definitely going to California in the summer to check out the schools out there, including USC and UCLA.
“I’m 100 percent with Auburn. It would have to be something dramatic for me to change my mind. My parents just want me to take all my visits, that’s the reason.”
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