Carl Lawson, (Alpharetta Ga, Milton) the nation’s No. 2 player in the nation didn’t want to wait any longer to announce his decision where he will be playing college football in 2013 and took to twitter to announce his decision to be an Auburn Tiger.
The 6-3 250-pound defensive end gave a verbal commitment to former Auburn coach Gene Chizik last March, and despite the firing of Chizik and the subsequent hiring of Gus Malzahn, Lawson remained committed to the Tigers.
Despite remaining committed to the program he gave a verbal a year ago, Lawson took visits to Tennessee and Clemson in the past few weeks, and for a period of time it appeared that Tennessee head coach Butch Jones may be successful in flipping Lawson. However, those trips only reaffirmed to Lawson that he felt most comfortable at Auburn.
Retaining Lawson in a recruiting class that has already seen other top recruits Trey Johnson, Dee Liner and most notably Reuben Foster decommit from the program in the wake of Chizik’s firing is a huge building block for the future of the Auburn program as they look to rebuild after a three-win season in 2012.
Auburn also received a commitment from Lawson’s high school teammate, running back Peyton Barber, the four-star running back was an Ole Miss commit, but the 5-10 210-pound Barber flipped after a weekend visit.
Lawson finished his senior season with an eye-popping 27 sacks and likely steps in immediately and fills the open spot on the defensive line vacated by Corey Lemonier.
Now that Lawson is officially on board look for Auburn to finish strong on national signing day Wednesday.
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