Tre Lawson felt like Tennessee was the "place to be" and didn't waste any time verbally committing to the Volunteers on Saturday.
The North August (S.C.) High School defensive lineman spoke with pride about his decision to join Big Orange Country : “I’m part of the family.”
The Scout No. 1-rated defensive end in the Palmetto State was the first of a whopping eight players to pledge to Tennessee during an Orange Carpet Day event on Rocky Top.
“I felt like I started it but they still fell in love with Tennessee the way I did, so they were going to commit anyways,” Lawson said.
With defensive line coach Steve Stripling leading the way, the orange-clad coaching staff was relentless in its pursuit of the No. 19-rated defensive end in the South.
“They don’t just recruit me,” Lawson said. “They send my mom letters, my dad letters, they recruit everybody in my family. They recruited my little sister, talking about, ‘This is why your brother needs to come up here.’ I just like it. It’s not that far away. If everybody in my family likes it, including me, then that’s just a place where I need to be.”
Lawson picked Tennessee over other top options such as Florida State, Georgia, Ole Miss and South Carolina.
At 6-feet-7, 255 pounds, Lawson has the frame to add quite a bit of weight. He figures to be a weapon that can play multiple positions for Tennessee defensive coordinator Bob Shoop.
“With the new D-coordinator and how he likes to attack, he said he likes to just move me around and get sacks from multiple positions," Lawson said.
“I like to move. I don’t like to just stay on the outside. If you stay in just one spot, they’re going to move their best guy over there to block you. So, if you’re moving, it makes it fun, it makes it so you can abuse offensive linemen.”
Florida State was Lawson’s first scholarship offer and a visit to Tallahassee may be in the works, but the new commit said Tennessee “is where I like to be.”
In 2015, Lawson racked up 78 tackles with 19.5 tackles for loss, 11.5 sacks, four pass breakups and four recovered fumbles.