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UF, ESPN 300 LB Dillan Lawson part ways

7/19/2012

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Four-star linebacker Dillan Lawson (Crestview, Fla./Crestview) is no longer committed to Florida.

Lawson confirmed the news at the Jimbo Fisher Camp on Wednesday evening.

"As of right now, I wouldn't say they [Florida] withdrew my scholarship, but I'd say I am back open for recruitment," Lawson said. "I'm not committed to nobody right now. There really isn't a reason, I just want to see more colleges and see more stuff.

"My grades and everything were going bad at one time but we found something that can help me. That's what Florida was looking academically wise, because I wasn't going to be able to make it, but that's all good. That's not a problem anymore."

Though Lawson is no longer committed to the Gators, he said he still stays in contact with the Florida linebackers coach D.J. Durkin.

"They are still recruiting me," he said. "I still talk to D.J. I've talked to him a few times. I just talked to him about a week ago and told them I was trying to come to Friday Night Lights."

As for other possibilities for the 6-foot-4, 218-pound outside linebacker, Lawson said he's wide open but would still like to wind up at Florida.

"I'm not really looking at nobody," Lawson said. "I would just like to be recruited by all the top schools. I'd love to go to Florida, don't get me wrong. I'd still love to go to Florida.

"I'm not looking to go to a small school, I want to go to a big school, a university. I want to explore stuff that I haven't seen. Like I said, I'd love to go to Florida, it's nothing to me. They got my word -- they have my word. Whatever they can work out academically with the schoolwork. If we can get that back on the road, then I'm there. It all depends on my schoolwork. If I can get it caught up and made up by graduation then I'm there."

Lawson, ranked No. 285 in the ESPN 300, said he has enjoyed his time in Tallahassee and is just trying to get reacquainted with the Florida State coaching staff.

"Florida State is not a bad school at all," Lawson said. "I never had a problem with Florida State. I've been here before. I talked to the coaches, I talked to Jimbo. It was a good time. This is my second time coming down here and they remembered me. It was real good."

Lawson has no time frame to make a decision but said a lot will depend on how he progresses in the classroom.