TCU is down another Louisiana monster and another defensive tackle as Tevin Lawson is heading to Nicholls State.
His new head coach, Tim Rebowe, is very excited about what Lawson will bring to the Colonels, particularly his experience and his size at defensive line.
Rebowe, who has a relationship with Lawson's high school coach and tried recuiting Lawson to Louisiana-Lafayette in 2012, said he was told by Lawson's high school coach that the defensive tackle wanted to leave TCU and move back home to Louisiana, which is how he got into contact with Lawson.
Rebowe said he did not know the specifics of why Lawson wanted to leave TCU, and claimed that he did not ask for specifics from Lawson's high school coach.
"[Lawson] wanted to come home, and we were there," Rebowe said.
Although Nicholls State is a FCS program, which generally means an FBS player can transfer down without having to sit out a year, Rebowe said Lawson's eligibility for 2016 is still uncertain. Because Lawson has just one year of NCAA eligibility remaining and has not graduated from a university yet, there are some kinks that the program is still working out with the NCAA in order to get Lawson eligible for this upcoming season, Rebowe said. He also said that even if Lawson isn't immediately eligible, it does not take away from the "maturity, size and impact" he brings to the program.
"You can't put a price tag on what a guy like this can do in the locker room and practice field," Rebowe said. "When you get a guy who has played and practiced at that level, he immediately helps everyone on this level, especially the fresh out of high school kids."
Lawson, who was a main part of the defensive tackle rotation at TCU, playing in 31 games in 3 seasons with the Frogs. He recorded 32 tackles and 2.5 sacks in his time, including a sack against Ole Miss' Bo Wallace in the 2014 Peach Bowl.
In 2015, he had 13 tackles in seven games with one sack and a forced fumble.
Lawson, a native of Denham Springs, Louisiana, was a four-star recruit from Denham Springs high school. He had one more year of eligibility remaining.
The Frogs picked up four-star defensive tackle Ross Blacklock today as one of the studs in their 2016 recruiting class. Given the Lawson news, as well as a hole already in TCU's depth chart with Davion Pierson's graduation, Blacklock will likely be fighting for a starting position this spring.
The defensive tackle positions are now open to Blacklock, Aaron Curry, Casey McDemott Vai and Joe Broadnax.
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