Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Former LSU commit makes new choice
By Gary Laney
For ESPN 300 prospect Tevin Lawson, being a grayshirt wasn't good enough.
A long-time LSU commit, Lawson (Denham Springs, La./Denham Springs) lost interest in the Tigers when his offer was changed to a grayshirt offer just over a week before signing day. His high school coach, Dru Nettles, said Lawson faxed his national letter of intent to TCU Wednesday afternoon.
"There was a lot of push-pull, push-pull, and finally he decided that TCU was where he felt comfortable," Nettles said.
It was a whirlwind process for Lawson, who learned of LSU's intention to change his offer just over a week before signing day. He decided not to sign with anybody and instead reopened the process. He had already made his official visit to LSU. He visited Louisiana-Lafayette in the last weekend before signing day, then visited Kentucky the weekend after signing day.
He spent last Wednesday through Friday at Fort Worth on his official visit to TCU, then opted to fly home to Louisiana, then drive for a final official visit to Louisiana Tech Saturday and Sunday. In the process, he turned down chances to visit, among others, Texas, Oklahoma State and, most recently, Mississippi State.
"Mississippi State really wanted him to come down for an unofficial (this week)," Nettles said. "They really did a good job on him. A lot of schools came in and did a good job on him."
At the end, there was a comfort level with TCU.
"He felt like he trusted them," Nettle said. "He felt comfortable with them. Their coaches did a great job with him."