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Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Interest in Tevin Lawson ramping up

By Gary Laney

Many think of national signing day as the end of the recruiting process.

But Denham Springs, La. High head coach Dru Nettles notes that Wednesday is just the start nearly a two-month window.

"People think of it as signing day, but it's really a signing period," he said. "It's just the beginning."

Indeed, the period continues until April 1, meaning there is still plenty of time for prospects to shop around, so long as potential suitors don't fill up Wednesday. Time is what is needed for Nettles' best player, ESPN 300 lineman Tevin Lawson. Since the longtime LSU commit saw his Tigers offer changed to a grayshirt offer last week, Lawson re-opened his recruitment and has been overwhelmed by the response.

"He's getting schools who are just sending scholarship papers to him without a visit or anything," Nettles said. Since the process was opened up a week ago, Nettles said offers have poured in from Oklahoma State, TCU, Kentucky, Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette, Southern Mississippi and South Alabama. Nettles said he was expecting to speak with Tennessee later Tuesday.

Lawson, who played both offense and defense in high school and projects by most as a college defensive tackle, visited Louisiana-Lafayette last weekend and plans to go to Kentucky for an official visit this weekend, Nettles said.

"He plans on taking a few official visits and he may make some unofficials," Nettles said.

One school not out of the picture is LSU, which asked Lawson to grayshirt because of an issue with a summer school class that it felt might affect his initial eligibility. That might have left an impression that LSU was politely cutting ties with Lawson.

But, Nettles said, LSU has worked to make Lawson know it still wants him.

"LSU has not dropped him," Nettles said. "They really want him, but they just want him to grayshirt."

Nettles said this has been emphasized in conversations with LSU coaches, including head coach Les Miles, since the day the offer has changed.

"It's still an option," he said. "It's still a good offer. Tevin's going to have to review it and see what the best offer for him is."

He'll take his time making that decision.