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Wednesday, February 15, 2012
USC on Georgia standout's mind

By Erik McKinney

Defensive end Carl Lawson (Alpharetta, Ga./Milton) hadn't heard much from the USC coaching staff until Tuesday. That's when the 6-foot-3, 240-pound athlete was able to speak with USC coaches Lane Kiffin and Ed Orgeron for the first time.

"They asked if I was interested in USC," Lawson said. "I said, 'Who wouldn't be?' "

Lawson said the USC coaches always had a scholarship earmarked for him but simply wanted to get a read on if USC would even be a possibility for Lawson. He said he was already planning to take an unofficial visit to California this summer to visit UCLA, and said he will definitely have two Los Angeles stops to make, as he'll stop by USC as well.

"I didn't really expect to hear from them," Lawson said of the Trojans. "But they watched my film and said they were in love with it."

Lawson already holds offers from schools such as Auburn, Alabama, Florida, Missouri and Tennessee. He had recently released a group of four schools he considered his top choices -- Auburn, UCLA, Florida and Alabama -- but said this news makes that group a bit more crowded.

"USC jumps into that group because it's USC," Lawson said. "I want to wait to make a decision because it's all coming so fast right now. I want to see what happens."