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Wednesday, January 30, 2013
LSU commit Lawson in limbo

By Gary Laney

BATON ROUGE, La. -- It was a bombshell that Denham Springs, La., head coach Dru Nettles wasn't expecting.

LSU informed one of Nettles' players, ESPN 300 defensive tackle Tevin Lawson, on Monday that he no longer had a regular scholarship offer from LSU. Instead, the Tigers were asking him to grayshirt and join the program for the 2014 spring semester.

The issue, Nettles said, was a summer school class Lawson took at Denham Springs, a course LSU contends will not pass NCAA clearinghouse muster.

"It's a course everybody not only at Denham Springs, but everywhere in Livingston Parish (county) take," Nettles said. "I don't see what the problem is. The kid has worked hard on his classwork and his grades and his ACT score should not be a problem."

Taking a grayshirt isn't what Lawson had in mind, so Nettles said his recruiting process is wide open.

"Schools are starting to contact him now," he said. "Southern Miss and South Alabama have contacted him and North Carolina contacted us today. I'm sure in the next 24 hours we'll hear from a lot more. It's a matter of where they are in their recruiting."

Nettles said Lawson won't likely be interested in taking a grayshirt.

"He may not sign on signing day," Nettles said. "He's going to look around and see what's available and go from there. He's ready to go to school this summer or this fall, and play."