Carl Lawson: Son of Georgia Tech football star commits to Auburn

Auburn DE commit Carl Lawson, who "couldn't be blocked" at a recent all-star game, still plans to take visits to Tennessee, Clemson, UCLA and USC, among others (AJC)

Auburn DE commit Carl Lawson, who "couldn't be blocked" at a recent all-star game, still plans to take visits to Tennessee, Clemson, UCLA and USC, among others (AJC)

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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159 comments Add your comment

First

March 24th, 2012
11:05 pm

AU snags another GA player. Tighten up the border right, Chizik is whipping your tail!

First

March 24th, 2012
11:06 pm

Tighten up the border Richt*

NGD

March 24th, 2012
11:09 pm

@First, UGA didn’t offer Lawson

hugedawgfan

March 24th, 2012
11:10 pm

Let him go there will be others if he doesn’t want to be a dawg goodbye!!!

GtDawg

March 24th, 2012
11:20 pm

Congrats Kid, How can Coach Richt tighten the boarders to a State like that produces so much talent? UGA can only sign 28, UGA dont offer everyone in the top 250 like BAMA. BAMA offered 80 percent of Rivals 250.

NGD

March 24th, 2012
11:20 pm

@hugedawgfan, He doesn’t fit our 3-4 D.

TN Dawg

March 24th, 2012
11:21 pm

This is classic Mark Richt. Let’s wait until a kid has 25 offers, including ALABAMA …. and THEN let’s take a look at him. Didn’t we go through this last year with Dillon Lee, whose own brother plays for the Dawgs. We’re not going to get Nkemdiche, and it would take a miracle to sweep Montraviious Adams away from Clemson. This is typical UGA recruiting under Rodney Garner. Let’s go offer the whole state of Florida and then fall back on the Georgia kids when things don’t work out. You saw how well that plan worked this year with Jaquay Williams, Josh Holsey, Brandon Greene, Geno Smith, Will Adams. Something has go to change in Athens. I hope with that new recruiting job, they hire someone who has a clue. They ought to hire somebody out of Alabama’s football office for the job. At least they know how to recruit this state. This ruined my weekend. Same old story with falling asleep and always being a step behind when we shouldn’t.

Bad Dawg

March 24th, 2012
11:23 pm

Good for the young man. He made his decision without all of the publicity and that is honorable. I honestly don’t know why UGA didn’t offer the kid especially if they miss on RK and Mustafaa. His highlight film is impressive and he has the offers to prove it. Go Dawgs!

Hold on!!

March 24th, 2012
11:23 pm

UGA didn’t offer Lawson you moron….he plays a 4-3 DE and isn’t athletic enough to play OLB. You people do realize that the state of Ga puts out 150-200 D1 athletes right?? That means there are going to be players commit to out of state schools.

Hold on!!

March 24th, 2012
11:28 pm

It is funny that his own Dad, who played at Tech, didn’t want his son play for Tech. That has to say something about yalls program.

Michael Carvell

March 24th, 2012
11:37 pm

@Hold on!! Thanks for your post. In my opinion, Carl Lawson is more than athletic enough to play somewhere on UGA’s defense. He dominated all-star practices all week. He can play with anyone. I really don’t know why UGA never got involved, especially since Alabama, Florida, etc. offered. Maybe UGA thinks it has a good shot at Nkemdiche, or simply likes other players better. And, like you pointed out, this state ships 175-185 kids per year to D1 football. You can’t sign them all.

WnE

March 24th, 2012
11:38 pm

Yet another 4*+ recruit that had the ACADEMICS for GT (and was a GT Legacy to boot) that Coach Kung Fu Panda wasn’t able to close the deal on!

His dad played for GT on their last MNC team, yet GT loses out to Auburn.

Maybe his father has been reading the AJC blogs and see how much the GT fanbase pokes fun at JUCOs and then remembers that he was once a JUCO and decided that he didn’t want his son playing for a school that has such a smug, elitist fanbase?

I wonder where the usual crowd is that always takes cheap shots at JUCOs without realizing that some of those JUCOs will have sons that are elite recruits.

You know who you are; GTBob, Supersize, George Stein, FL Jacket , High tech , and there are others.

It seems that the non-stop criticism of JUCOs by GT fans like those I listed above probably made it hard for a former JUCO himself to want to see his own son at GT, he even endorsed Auburn one of GT’s long time rivals.

To show how crappy Coach Fish Fry is at Recruiting, Aubie beat out UCLA, even a tool like Jim “don’t call me Junior” Mora can recruit Atlanta better than Coach Fish Fry can.

A person SMART enough to know......

March 24th, 2012
11:39 pm

Hold On!!! HOW STUPID CAN YOU BE? What Defense does Tech run? What D does UGa run? what did you just say about him at UGa? Let me remind you…..you moron…he plays a 4-3 DE & isn’t athletic enough to play OLB. So which is it Moron? He doesn’t FIT Tech & UGa or does he?

A person SMART enough to know......

March 24th, 2012
11:43 pm

WnE usr your Yhomas Brown handle for awhile would you. Go back to 13-1 or BuLLdawg maybe

Bad Dawg

March 24th, 2012
11:43 pm

I guess he doesn’t fit Grantham’s scheme. There were always players UGA did not recruit as hard as they should have such as Calvin Johnson and Eric Berry that made me scratch my head and this seems to be another example. I trust that Grantham knows what he’s doing and Van Gorder will turn him into a great player at Auburn.

J'boro Jacket

March 24th, 2012
11:46 pm

I remember his dad when I was at Tech. Carl was one of the strongest guys on his team. Pound for pound- he could lift as much as any bigger guys on the team. He was a real nice person on top of that- I respect him and his opinion if he thinks that Auburn offers his son a better future in football and school. Not everyone will go to his parents Alma Mater. Coleman Rudolph’s son did well at Notre Dame- now in the NFL.

GtDawg

March 24th, 2012
11:51 pm

@J’boro Jacket, His parents want him to see other Schools. Dont sound like they are to comfortable with Auburn to me.

tiger7_88

March 25th, 2012
12:00 am

For those that claim that this kid doesn’t fit UGA’s 3-4 scheme, doesn’t Saban also run the 3-4 over at Bama? And didn’t Saban offer the kid? Hmmmm….

WnE

March 25th, 2012
12:07 am

re:
Hold On!!! HOW STUPID CAN YOU BE? What Defense does Tech run? What D does UGa run? what did you just say about him at UGa? Let me remind you…..you moron…he plays a 4-3 DE & isn’t athletic enough to play OLB. So which is it Moron? He doesn’t FIT Tech & UGa or does he?
___________________

Not the same scenario at all!

UGA is playing their 3-4 at a MUCH HIGHER LEVEL than GT is with MUCH BETTER athletes.

UGA can afford to be “choosey” and say he’s not a good fit for what we do, whereas GT isn’t in that situation.

GT needs to get as many Elite Athletes as they can, and then let the positions shake out later on.

GT’s defense is short on elite game-changing athletes, they NEED guys like Lawson Jr.

GT cannot afford to be as selective as a Bama, UGA, LSU, etc.

When you get Elite physical specimens from the ATLANTA AREA, that also have the ACADEMICS for GT, then GT has to close the friggin’ deal.

This type of poor recruiting/closing on Academic Qualifiers is killing GT FB slowly.

nash

March 25th, 2012
12:09 am

Nigal Bowmen commits to vandy that is another great player that leaked out of the state of Georgia

GtDawg

March 25th, 2012
12:14 am

@ nash, UGA will get after him if they come up short before signing day like they did with Josh Dawson, lol

Dear UGA

March 25th, 2012
12:41 am

where is your crystal ball? Richt can sign all the 4 stars he wants, he will not win a BCS title at UGA.

Tdawg

March 25th, 2012
12:48 am

His father was a GT grad and was pushing Auburn. Wow, what a pathetic alumni member he would make.Must have thought that his son couldn’t make the class load at Tech. Most likely Georgia didn’t offer this kid because they knew that the kid was an Auburn lock, so why bother. His father is a former Techster and yet he was pushing his son to Auburn. Hum, I wonder. ‘This kids father ain’t a preacher is he?

*All-Involved

March 25th, 2012
1:06 am

Wonder how much $?

*All-Involved

March 25th, 2012
1:10 am

Thanks Hold On. Alabammer folks ain’t good at math, or anything else that has to do with edumatication. After all, Bama and *Awbarn are simply football teams with trade schools attached. Which is why Alabammer is the punch line of so many jokes.

Todd Grantham

March 25th, 2012
1:14 am

I told the kid he wasn’t a good fit for us. It’s as simple as that.

Buzz2011

March 25th, 2012
1:25 am

Why would he consider Thga? He wants to play for a winning team in SEC West witha chance to win an SEC title.. Thuga will not get any more chances for this title..

dbc

March 25th, 2012
2:07 am

TN Dawg – ” This ruined my weekend.”

Your weekends hinge on the decisions of high school football players? Wow. You may want to get a hobby. Or a life…

slydog

March 25th, 2012
3:26 am

Does UGA really need another defensive end? I mean come on guys, really?

Douglas

March 25th, 2012
4:57 am

I, like other UGA fans, believe Garner is over the hill. We need to get someone younger who can relate to these players to recruit them. One of the best recruiters in the SEC is Trooper (is Taylor his last name?) who used to be at UT.

ATL Sports Fan

March 25th, 2012
7:00 am

J’Boro jacket. I’m guessing your talking about Kyle Rudolph. That is not Coleman Rudolph’s son. I thought you Tech people were the smartest people in the WORLD!!

ATL Sports Fan

March 25th, 2012
7:07 am

Interesting that people who know nothing about recruiting, except for what Michael Carvel spews and who have never been recruited for anything in their life, or recruited high school kids for a living how to do their jobs.

Each year schools have a recruiting plan. They know exactly how many players they will take for certain positions. If UGA plans to take 1 or 2 DE this year, you idiots expect them to offer 20 or 30?

dawgerbrown

March 25th, 2012
7:08 am

Can’t sign em all up to be DAWGS. Drew is moving to DE, we have a ton of talent there, and, how many more DE’s do we want in this class? Know it gets discouraging to see talent leave the state. But, Ga. is also a state full of kids that didn’t grow up here. Their family move here because of business. The kids don’t grow up UGA fans, and the parents aren’t either. Keep that in perspective when some of these kids leave the state.

ATL Sports Fan

March 25th, 2012
7:09 am

Carvel, since your the end all be all when it comes to recruiting. You would have known that UGA did gaugue his interest back last summer and he and his father both said they were not interested in UGA. If a kid and his family both say they have ZERO interest, do you still persue them??? Bottom line is NO!

ATL Sports Fan

March 25th, 2012
7:11 am

Douglas, get out of here with this Trooper stuff. Funny how you know he used to be at UT but do not know his last name. Do you want a coach who is in his 40’s who wears his hat backwards and acts like an 18 year old? No thanks

ATL Sports Fan

March 25th, 2012
7:14 am

Another thing on Trooper Taylor. I’ve seen a lot of “so called” UGA fans gripe and complain about having a running backs coach who was a wide receiver. What position does Trooper coach?? Yep, wide receivers. Know what position he played in college? Not wide receiver.

smells of satan

March 25th, 2012
7:36 am

He said his father wanted him to go to Auburn and Auburn fitted his checkbook er checklist. Cam revisited.

collegeballfan

March 25th, 2012
7:55 am

If he is visiting other schools he is not committed.

In today’s world commitment is just another word. Like the marriage “commitment” that ends in 50% being divorced. This ‘commitment” has no more meaning than saying he prefers salmon.

Smyrna Gold

March 25th, 2012
8:09 am

I don’t believe the GT football program will ever recover from the CPJ era. Very pathetic but I’m sure we will have some “under the radar commitments” soon to get excited about.

bucket

March 25th, 2012
8:38 am

Thank you ATL Sports Fan!!! Read the freaking article people! “I have no interest in Georgia, and Georgia has no interest in me,” he said.” UGA didn’t just ignore this young man, as ATL Sports Fan wrote, they checked in on him and found out neither he nor his family had any interest in UGA. Are they supposed to do a Jedi mind trick on him to convince him he really does want to come to UGA? He grew up in a house with a father who attended GTech and who now wants him to go to AUB, I am sure the Dawgs have never received alot of love in that house! I say good luck to the young man wherever he chooses to go and let’s go get someone else!

Dean

March 25th, 2012
8:46 am

He’s not a Dawg and that’s fine. He probably grew up hating Georgia given his dads Tech years. It sounds more like they closed doors and told UGA to not even get involved. If that’s the case the nthe parents did a diservice by not give their child every opporunity. 100% committed but still visiting. I still don’t get this. If you want to look at other schools then just give a soft verbal commitment nd visit. Why say, “I’m 100% and i’m visiting other schools”? Never understand that. REgardless best of luck to him except once a year against UGA. Uga fans sop whinning, you can’t sign everyone in the state.

IT IS WHAT IT IS

March 25th, 2012
8:47 am

Trooper Taylor is a joke!!! Whart, does he think he’s in a Petey Pablo music video with that towel!!!!!!!!!!! He is the laughing stock of the SEC!!! Trooper and Chew Chizik Chew should be thanking CAM, wasnt for him they would be coaching in high school!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BobDawg

March 25th, 2012
8:48 am

SLYDOG, you are right . Do we REALLY need another defensive end?? all I want is OLineman from here on out along with RK and RF…. Bama can win May 18th… while we take him next Feb…

Dean

March 25th, 2012
8:51 am

Buzz, granted- given that AU just won the title history shows that Aubie will do everything in their power to win again this year. I wonder if there is another Cam out there to pay or maybe they can sign an NFL player to come out of the league under a fake name. Whatever, they are simply cheaters. Much lower than any other football program. They are also1-4 against UGA or is it 1-5. That one win, the Scam year. Will be vacated someday after the Feds blow the roof on the casino scandal over there.

High IQ

March 25th, 2012
9:00 am

UGA prolly ditint recroot him cas he dont hab no arest rekrd.

dawgs missed another one

hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

A Father

March 25th, 2012
9:00 am

Congratulations to this young man and the way he handled his choice, word describing Lawson was ” dominate “. As the posting continue to roll in from GA fans excuses why he was not offered, some say the kid is not quality, others take time to slam Tech. GA fans have and continue to lose all touch of reality just like CT in his articles written by GA Butts Mehre sports information directors.

This young man will do well at Auburn and I look for BVG to raise Auburn up in 2012.

Any GA fans want to swap 2012 schedule with Auburn, didn’t think so, weak schedule holds all your hopes to a winning season. Goog things are happening with the spring practice and Ga Bulldogs, now if we could just find a QUALITY quarterback to go with a really good team of athetes.

Bandwagon Bammer

March 25th, 2012
9:03 am

Some of you people are dumber than a box of Bammers. Georgia will have at the most 30 spots with a state that has 200+ D1 players. All you idiots who keep saying “Georgia let another one get out of state” need to head over to the entertainment section of the AJC with the other airheads.

Moobs Johnson

March 25th, 2012
9:16 am

If Sr. ever tries to step on campus again, I’ll punch him in the face.

Gorilla Biscuit

March 25th, 2012
9:23 am

CPJ has “bigger fish to fry”.

Hold on!!

March 25th, 2012
9:39 am

@ MC- I think the kid is good, but good at DE and not OLB. I do not think he can be successful dropping into pass coverage and playing in space. I do believe he will be a very athletic DE though.
@ a person smart enough- yes we run the same D but at 2 different levels and with 2 different types of athletes. Y’all can’t afford to pass on good players bc y’all have a hard time recruiting. Hate it or love it, but for the most part, UGA gets to hand pick players. (again, for the most part). You obviously hate UGA with a passion, and I can respect that but you should be worried about yalls program more and hating on UGA less. In the end Tech will still be the red headed step child who can’t even recruit their own legacys kids….