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Sunday, January 13, 2013
Clemson gets 5-star DE back on campus

By Kipp Adams

Clemson was the last program to get the nation's No. 2 prospect on campus in December, and the Tigers were the first to get Carl Lawson (Alpharetta, Ga./Milton) on an official visit in 2013. That could bode well for the program’s chances of pulling in the five-star defensive end on signing day.

“I had a good weekend at Clemson,” Lawson said. “I liked the official and everything is nice at Clemson, so I just liked a combination of things.”

Over the weekend, Lawson was able to spend more time with the Tigers coaching staff as they tried to convince him that he was looking at his future at Clemson.

"[Coach] Dabo Swinney, [defensive ends coach] Marion Hobby and [defensive coordinator] Brent Venables tried to pitch me on it being the best fit for me at Clemson and just using me as a pass-rusher in their 4-3 scheme,” Lawson said.

While on campus, the 6-foot-2, 252-pound defensive end was able to spend time with a familiar face in fellow Peach State standout and Under Armour All-America Game selection Montravius Adams (Vienna, Ga./Dooly County), as well as one of the premier playmakers in college football.

“It was fun hanging out with Montravius and we talked,” Lawson said. “I could tell he was enjoying himself.

"I also hung out with [quarterback] Tajh Boyd and he talked to me about my experience at Clemson and his experience there and as a recruit. It was fun, and he is a cool dude that everyone at Clemson loves and respects.”

Up next for Lawson, still committed to Auburn, is an official visit Friday to Tennessee to check out the Volunteers, a trip he says will just give him another opportunity to evaluate his options. He has no further visits planned as he says he is taking it week by week.