4-Star Defensive End Chooses Chizik's Tigers

Auburn picked up an impressive football verbal commitment from a Peach State defensive star.

Alpharetta, Ga.--Carl Lawson, a four-star defensive end from Milton High School, committed to Auburn on Saturday night after spending the day on the AU campus at a junior day.

"I really like Auburn and they have been my favorite for a while now," he told Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I have a long checklist of things I am looking forward in a college and Auburn meets all of them."

The 6-3, 245-pound junior made 87 tackles with 15 quarterback sacks last season.

He chose Auburn over a large number of colleges. His most recent offer was from Nebraska. He also had offers from colleges as far away as Washington, UCLA and USC on the West Coast and closer to home such as Alabama, Florida, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and others.

Carl Lawson is shown in action last fall.

"I feel good about my decision," he said. "My parents want me to take more visits so I will do that, but Auburn is where I want to go."

A regular visitor to Auburn, Lawson said after spending Saturday in Auburn he decided to commit to the Tigers and noted he is looking forward to playing for defensive line coach Mike Pelton.

"Coach Pelton told me with their new defensive system that I am exactly the type of player they are looking for," Lawson said. "They are looking for aggressive linemen who can attack the offense and create big plays for the defense."

Carl Lawson

Lawson is known for his quickness and relentless style of play on the football field. This spring he is training with the Milton High track and field team to improve his speed.

The prospect is also known for his strength. In the weight room he bench presses 420 pounds and power cleans 315 pounds.

The Milton, Ga., native said seeing how the Tigers looked in practice was the main purpose for his visit on Saturday. "I really enjoyed it," Lawson said. "I love how Coach Pelton coaches. It was just a fun day.

"I really like that because it keeps everybody in line, keeps everybody straight, keeps everybody organized," Lawson added.

Lawson said he could see himself stepping in and playing with Auburn's defensive linemen, but was careful to keep things in perspective.

"The way I feel, I feel I could come in there and start if I wanted," he said. "But, at the same time, this is coming from the perspective of a high school player, and I don't have any experience, so I can't say that."

Lawson was able to sit down and talk with Gene Chizik on the trip, the latest of his many meetings with Auburn's head coach.

"Every time I'm down there I get a chance to speak with him," he said. "It's always fun, very kind person. I really like talking to him and just enjoy it every time I come down here."

Lawson brought his stepmother and stepbrother on the trip with him, and they both met Chizik as well. On previous trips, he has brought his mom, godparents and father. He noted that all of his family members have enjoyed their trips to Auburn. "It's almost like a home," he said.

Lawson said he was able to talk to Auburn defensive lineman Devaunte Sigler while on his trip. "Awesome person," he said. "He really told me about Auburn, how much he liked about it. I really enjoyed it."

Lawson was also able to talk to fellow recruit Montravius Adams, Scout.com's top-rated defensive tackle in the country.

"We're going to make a bet about who's going to make the most sacks in the all-star game," said Lawson.

"It would be real cool," he added on possibly lining up with Adams, "but whoever ends up as my teammates is my teammates."

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