Lawson commits to Clemson

Daniel defensive end Shaq Lawson committed to Clemson on Sunday afternoon, a day after he was on campus for Junior Day.

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The three-star defensive end wanted to sleep on the decision after Saturday's one-on-one meeting with Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney.

"When I talked to Dabo last night, I went home to think about it. I felt like Clemson was the right place for me," Lawson told CUTigers.

On Sunday, around 2:30, he made the call to Swinney and pledged his word.

"He was excited to have me as a part of his program," Lawson said. "He said that he wants me to be a leader like DeShawn [Williams] and Nuke [Hopkins] was in their senior year of high school."

"We went to the basketball game, we put on the jerseys, we ran down the hill and visited Vickery Hall," Lawson said.

The tour of Vickery Hall stood out.

"They help athletes with their homework and get them prepared for their tests," he said.

Along with the meeting with Swinney, Lawson had a one-on-one with former offensive line coach Brad Scott, who now serves in an administrative role.

"He was just seeing how I was doing with my grades, talking about how good I was and how they loved me," Lawson said. "He wanted me to be part of the team."

And, sure enough, he will be. Lawson chose Clemson over offers from Tennessee, Maryland and East Carolina.

Florida State, N.C. State and Auburn have also expressed interest.

As a junior, Lawson finished with 100 tackles and 13 sacks. Top Stories