2016 linebacker talks SMU offer

2016 Mansfield Timberview linebacker Craig JimLawson talked with Billy about his SMU offer and interest!

2016 Mansfield Timberview linebacker Craig JimLawson picked up his fourth offer last week when SMU offered and he heard about it from his coach.

“I woke up in the morning and I was going to talk to my coach and he texted me and said SMU had offered,” JimLawson said. “I was pretty excited about it because it’s SMU.”

JimLawson’s excitement was because of the proximity to home and the ability to be a part of a big-time program and university.

“Just because it’s so close to home and it’s also a big university that I can make an impact at if I went to the school,” JimLawson said.

Timberview teammate and SMU signee Myron Gailliard has tried to sell JimLawson on the opportunities that going to SMU will give him.

“He just told me it was going to be a good program and if I went there and graduated then I’d most likely have a good, guaranteed job even if I didn’t make it to the league,” JimLawson said.

The 6-2, 210-pound linebacker said he talks with SMU running backs coach Claude Mathis pretty regularly, talking with him every couple of days.

“It’s kind of, really close because he coached at DeSoto and we played him so I know him a lot,” JimLawson said.

SMU is recruiting JimLawson at SMU’s Star position, where with his length and speed (4.48 speed), JimLawson could make a big impact.

“I just feel like I have good awareness of the field so I can see more than being at the linebacker position and having to run sideline-to-sideline,” JimLawson said. “I can see it faster at the safety position so I can come downhill and hit someone.”

His best attribute is awareness of the field JimLawson says and knowing the situations his team is in.

“I know what’s going on in certain situations with the down and yardage and stuff like that,” JimLawson said.

Houston, New Mexico and Air Force has also offered with Oklahoma showing some interest, but Houston and SMU are standing out the most.

Arizona State though, is a dream school for JimLawson and came to watch him practice last week saying, “I can see myself there.” Arizona State is supposed to watch JimLawson in his spring game tomorrow.

JimLawson hasn’t visited SMU yet, but is looking forward to painting a bigger picture of the Hilltop after a visit.

“Just how the team is, what the facilities are like and all of that,” JimLawson said.

This spring, JimLawson is working even harder on his coverage skills, especially now that he’s being looked at as a safety.

“Focusing on my coverage skills. Even though I’m good in coverage, I can already hit and do all the little stuff, but I’m looking forward to working on more coverage.”

Mansfield Timberview dropped a game against Ennis in the playoffs and that has JimLawson and his teammates working on responsibility more.

“Just going all this way this time. We’ve been talking about being more disciplined because discipline is what beat us when we lost to Ennis,” JimLawson said. “Since we play Ennis the first game, we need to focus on discipline and come fast and physical every play.”

JimLawson played just four games last year due to a knee injury, but finished with 41 tackles, seven tackles for loss, an interception and two forced fumbles.

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