Recruiting Not Slowing Down For AU Commit

Auburn commitment Carl Lawson talks about his busy spring and about the pressure of recruiting.

Milton, Ga.—For Auburn commitment Carl Lawson it has already been a very busy spring even though the Eagles are just starting spring practice. With college coaches making spring evaluations and Lawson far from the only prospect on his high school team, Milton has been a stopping off point for coaches from all over the country the last two weeks.

While teammates have caught the eye of the recruiters, there is no question that Lawson has been the featured attraction. A powerful pass rusher with an explosive first step, he's quickly becoming the talk not only of Georgia, but of the country with his rise up recruiting rankings.

"The spring has been very fun," Lawson tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I have used it as a chance to get better conditioned because we're running a hurry-up offense this year. It just helps me a lot. I'm getting used to it more every day. The first day of spring I was sucking wind."

Choosing Auburn in late March over just about every school in the country including Alabama, Florida, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Tennessee, UCLA, USC, and Washington, Lawson said at the time he thought it would help slow down the recruiting process for him. Instead Lawson has found out it only made him more of a target.

"It hasn't helped at all," Lawson said. "I'm right with my school, but recruiting has gotten crazy. Even with spring practice recruiting has gotten a lot crazier. It has been surprising because I'm already committed to a school, but they are still jumping on me."

While he's had coaches from all over trying to convince him otherwise, Lawson said he's solid in his commitment to Auburn and knows it's just part of what life as one of the nation's top prospects is all about.

"I feel confident in my decision," Lawson said. "I have talked to my parents and everything and it's just a part of the game. I can't be mad at it. It's part of recruiting. It just happens. I feel flattered and I'm very humbled at the fact it's still happening."

Coaches Corner

We talked to Milton Head Coach Tony DeCristofaro about Lawson and he had nothing but positives to say about his defensive lineman. A player that has been in his program for just one year, he said Lawson is just scratching the surface of his potential and is going to be a fun player to watch this season and in the future.

"He was raw and would just try to run up the field and create havoc," DeCristofaro said. "We taught him how to read blocks and he has really gotten good at that. He's the type of kid that wants to learn so it makes it easy. It has kind of refined everything he does. Now instead of running up the field all the time, he's reading on the run. He's doing a phenomenal job of it."

Inside The AU Tigers Top Stories