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Carl Lawson talks USC in-home visit

11/30/2012

The mother of five-star defensive end Carl Lawson (Alpharetta, Ga./Milton) described the in-home visit USC defensive line coach Ed Orgeron made Tuesday as "good," though she couldn't recall Orgeron's name Thursday. She laughed about the lapse in memory before recovering quickly.

"The one from The Blind Side," Ming Gregory Clark said in reference to Orgeron's cameo in the 2009 film.

With a horde of college coaches in pursuit of Lawson, it's entirely understandable for his parents to forget a name or two. Lawson committed to Auburn in March, but the recent firing of coach Gene Chizik has shined a light on his recruitment.

The Trojans had their share of defensive line issues this season, so their interest in the No. 2-rated defensive end is warranted. USC has already secured verbal commitments from four-star defensive tackles Kenny Bigelow (Elkton, Md./Eastern Christian Academy) and Eddie Vanderdoes (Auburn, Calif./Placer), and four-star defensive ends Kylie Fitts (Redlands, Calif./Redlands East Valley), Jason Hatcher (Louisville, Ky./Trinity) and Torrodney Prevot (Houston, Texas/Alief Taylor).

Lawson's mother said Orgeron didn't have to sell much.

"I think USC is a really good school," she said. "There isn't much they can tell us that we don't already know. There doesn't have to be a major selling point."

Lawson has yet to decide if he will take an official visit to USC, she said. Lawson will play in the Under Armour All-American game on Jan. 4.

"We're still talking about visits," Gregory Clark said. "We'll start deciding where he's going to take them."