It wasn’t too big of a surprise that Auburn landed defensive end standout Carl Lawson (Alpharetta, Ga./Milton) over the weekend. After his most recent visit to see the Tigers earlier this month, Gene Chizik and his staff become the frontrunners. Now they have him.
“Auburn is a place that I just really, really like,” Lawson said. “No, I love it there. It’s everything. Collectively they have I all need, every aspect. It’s home.”
It was Lawson’s sixth visit to see the Tigers. And this last trip he brought his family, which pretty much sealed the deal.
“They all like it a lot,” Lawson said. “They had a chance to get to know the coaches and see everything. They know Auburn is not a place for everyone. But they know it’s the place for me.”
Deep down Lawson will insist the edge was the way the Tiger staff recruited him. It was a little deeper than most schools.
“All the schools recruited me well, and I met some great coaches,” Lawson said. “But it was just more personal with them. My relationship was just great with the Auburn coaches.”
Lawson also loves the direction of the defense, especially under the helm of their new defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder.
“I feel like that defense is going to be great,” Lawson said. “I have gotten to know him a little bit and like what I see.”
Lawson, 6-foot-3 and 240 pounds, has high expectations of himself for this fall as well as his future at Auburn.
“I expect no less than 30 sacks this year,” Lawson confessed. “And when I get to Auburn I want to start and dominate. But I also realize that I am still a high school player and I will do the best I can. I do know that I will achieve that though and reach my dreams as an Auburn Tiger.”
Cal, UCLA, Florida, USC, Georgia Tech, and Alabama were just some of the offers he has received this spring.