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Friday, December 28, 2012
Countdown to Signing Day: Tevin Lawson

By Gary Laney

To gear up for 2013 national signing day, GeauxTigerNation's Gary Laney will break down every commitment in the Tigers' 2013 recruiting class.

Vitals: OL-DL Tevin Lawson, Denham Springs, La., 6-foot-4, 275 pounds

Committed: March 30, 2012

ESPN Grade: 83, 4-star prospect

Picked LSU over: A smattering of SEC rivals, including Auburn and Ole Miss

State of the position(s): It depends on the position he ends up playing. Lawson was recruited as a defensive tackle, where LSU will lose senior starter Josh Downs and will probably lose junior starter (and NFL prospect) Bennie Logan at the other tackle. There's a chance for a freshman to come in and play, but there are also at least two more freshmen coming with the signing class. At his other likely position, offensive guard, LSU returns its top three players.

Pros: His versatility. He's big enough to play inside and compete for control of the A gap on either side of the ball and he has the footwork and length one needs to do the deal on the defensive side of the ball.

Cons: Is Lawson a player that can play on either side of the ball or is he a player that is a struggle to project on either side? That's the question with him. He's got a steeper learning curve on defense. On offense, he'd join a crowded competition. Will he end up in the right spot?

Similar to/potential role: LSU has had several defensive linemen who moved to offense, like Josh Dworaczyk (who was always an offensive linemen at LSU, but was an all-state defensive lineman in high school) and Lyle Hitt. Those guys come to mind, but Lawson could very well give LSU four solid years on defense and those comparisons will seem silly in retrospect.