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Auburn emerges from the pack for Lawson

Carl Lawson (Alpharetta, Ga./Milton) is one step closer to becoming an Auburn Tiger. Today’s junior day marked his fourth visit to see Gene Chizik and his program. The point of today’s trip was to have his parents talk in the city, campus, and meet the coaches.

“I would say that’s a sign of what I am thinking about,” said Lawson with a laugh. “It’s true. They are No. 1 with me now. Auburn is No. 1 on my list. This trip was about my parents meeting coach (Gene) Chizik and the Auburn staff. This was the time to do that. It was a great experience for the both of them. It was an humbling experience. Lets just say that mom and dad both approve of Auburn, the program, coaches, school, the town and the people.”

Lawson, one of the premier defensive line prospects in the country, still has many unofficial visits to make before he makes his commitment. He will go to Tennessee next weekend and plans on seeing spring practices in Knoxville, Tallahassee, Oxford, Clemson, Gainesville and Tallahassee.

“And I am going to see UCLA and USC this summer. I really want to take all my visits before I make my decision.”

Lawson, 6-foot-3 and 240-pounds, has scholarship offers from Auburn, Georgia, Cal, USC, UCLA, Florida, Georgia Tech, Missouri, Kentucky, Syracuse, Clemson, Washington, Alabama and many others.

“Really, the two schools I am waiting for offers from are LSU and Oregon,” Lawson said. “Auburn is my favorite but I know there’s a long way to go.”