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Thursday, December 6, 2012
Carl Lawson has tentative plan for visits

By Kipp Adams

Five-star defensive end Carl Lawson (Alpharetta, Ga./Milton) has been committed to Auburn since March, but with newly-hired Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn hiring new offensive and defensive coordinators, the nation’s No. 2 prospect is uncertain what to expect.

“I do not know how to respond to the news about the assistant coaches because I have been told they could still interview,” Lawson said. “So as of now I am not sure what to think.”

Malzahn has made a few attempts to get in touch with Lawson, but as of Wednesday night he had been unsuccessful.

“He has called me a couple times, but I have been busy with homework,” Lawson said. “It is important to know him just as it is for me to know any coach.”

Other colleges have wasted no time trying and reel in the 6-foot-2, 252-pound pass rusher. USC, Clemson, Tennessee, Washington, UNC, Ole Miss, Miami, and TCU are just some of the schools that have stopped by the Lawson home recently, some of which showed up at his door unannounced and having never met the ESPN 150 prospect before..

“It has been hectic, but I will get through it,” Lawson said. “I have learned that the recruiting process is crazy and overblown, but it is a necessity. I really do not have a plan moving forward. I am kind of in wait and see mode right now.”

While he admitted to knowing the staff at Clemson a little more than the one at Auburn, he was quick to point out that is the case at several schools right now with no staff in place yet.

“There are question marks everywhere and I have not even spoken to Coach Malzahn yet,” Lawson said.

Lawson, who racked up 26.5 sacks and 36 tackles for loss, has a tentative plan in place when it comes to his official visits.

“I will definitely take official visits to Clemson, Ole Miss and USC, maybe UNC too and probably Auburn,” Lawson said.