The Auburn Tigers not only had a horrible regular season, their off-season recruiting looks to be headed in the wrong direction as well. With a couple of big name recruits already decommitted (DE Reuben Foster and WR JaQuay Williams) the Tigers are in danger of losing their top recruit, defensive end Carl Lawson.
After the bad season the Tigers turned in and the firing of Gene Chizik, Lawson has always stayed true to the Tigers. But you can’t help but wonder if his mind is drifting somewhere else, especially with all the decommits and top players going to rival schools in the SEC. Exactly what other schools are there for the taking for Lawson?
The Clemson Tigers and Tennessee Volunteers are very interested in having the services of Lawson for the years to come. Unless something drastic happens, I do not see Lawson signing with either team.
The program I do see Lawson going to is the Ole Miss Rebels. That may be the easy answer to the question of where he will end up, but stay with me on this one.
With the other top defensive end in this class Robert Nkemdiche all but signed to go play for the Rebels, one can’t blame Lawson if he joins Nkemdiche and anchors one of the most talented defensive lines in college football. Not to mention the Rebels have locked up top JUCO transfer DT Lavon Hooks, a great foundation for an up and coming defensive line. Although the Rebels finished the regular season at 6-6, head coach Hugh Freeze has the team on the rise and heading in the right direction.
When asked at the RisingStars.com banquet this past week about his committment status to Auburn, Lawson said “no comment” as he smiled and left his seat.
It seems more and more evident each day that Auburn is losing its grip on the talented five-star defensive end. With National Signing Day just over a month away, Lawson will be making a decision that quite possibly will not involve Auburn in his future.