Speed rusher

One of the most underrated prospects in Clemson's 2012 class, Shaq Lawson, is in Texas this week for the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl.

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The three-star defensive end is accompanied by six other Clemson commitments -- Martin Aiken, T.J Burrell, Ronald Geohaghan, Javarius Leamon, Jay Jay McCullough and Cordrea Tankersley.

"It's going good. It's a lot of good competition out here. I'm doing good," Lawson told CUTigers on Wednesday night.

"Martin and I are actually roommates down here. It feels good getting to know each other better."

As a senior at Daniel High School in Central, Lawson racked up 100 tackles, 24 tackles for loss, 10 sacks and an interception. He was also named the Most Valuable Player in the North-South All-star game earlier this month in Myrtle Beach.

As you would expect, the No. 112 defensive end in the class of 2012 enjoyed watching Clemson's push for the 2011 ACC Championship.

"They did good. We've got a special class coming in. I'm going to try to earn some playing time, because they're talking about trying to play freshman," he said.

Lawson will play the bandit position upon his arrival to Clemson.

"I'll pretty much just stand up and rush the quarterback," he said. "That's what I've been doing down here all week [at the O-D Bowl].

"I've succeeded a lot. I'm using my speed on these big dudes, to get around them. It's going to carry over, because it's working down here."

Early playing time could be in the cards next fall.

"I think I could come in and play, help the team out, get some reps," Lawson said.

Offensive coordinator Chad Morris serves as the primary recruiter for the area around Clemson. Lawson remains in touch with him and defensive ends coach Marion Hobby.

According to Lawson, Hobby is looking forward to getting him into the fold.

"Coach Hobby said he's looking for some speed rushers coming off the edge," Lawson said. "He doesn't really care about my size, my weight. He wants me to be explosive, fast, to get to the quarterback."

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