Five-star defensive end Carl Lawson has been verbally committed to playing football for the Auburn Tigers since March of this year, and there's no chance that another school, even another SEC program, will able to sway him away.
Austin Price of VolQuest.com has a piece out that reports the Tennessee Volunteers as sounding pretty aggressive when it comes to trying to sway Lawson, and Michael Carvell of ajc.com lists out a few schools still trying to recruit the defensive end:
What’s the latest with recruiting? Lawson is committed to Auburn, but still being actively pursued by Florida, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Washington and UCLA.
While this may seem like bad news for Auburn fans, Carvell then quoted Lawson, who doesn't appear to be thinking much about recruiting right now:
“Right now, I’m focused my high school season,” Lawson said. “I will wait until after the season to decide if I’m going to take other visits. I don’t know yet. I probably will take some officials but I don’t know yet.”
Lawson is considered to be the No. 4 recruiting prospect in the nation by Scout.com, so it's not surprising that other programs, specifically schools in the SEC, are still trying to recruit him. There will always be an opportunity to get a recruit to flip; well, at least until National Signing Day, and with a player as talented as Lawson, schools are almost obligated to try.
That said, the Tigers should be feeling pretty good about his commitment. He's not going to sway.
Even though Auburn is having a miserable year on the field—they are 1-3 and 0-2 in conference play—Gene Chizik is putting together a stellar recruiting class, highlighted by three 5-star recruits, all on the defensive side of the ball.
There's plenty of reason to believe that Auburn's defense will be their calling card in the next few years, with recruits like 5-star Reuben Foster, 5-star defensive end Dee Liner and Lawson all in the fold.
Talented players only serve to help out other talented players, and with a player like Liner across the line from him and Foster at linebacker, Lawson is going to be set up to make a lot of plays for Auburn. There's no reason to want to leave that dynamic.
That should be enough to keep Lawson firmly committed, but then there's that quote from Carvell's report where Lawson states that he's just focusing on his senior season. This will play into Auburn's favor, while really hindering any other schools trying to sway him away.
With his attention away from recruiting, it's going to be a major roadblock for another program that's trying to advance. Meanwhile, Auburn, who already has his commitment, can just stand pat, remain in contact and play it patient.
After all, they already have won him over.
It's going to be very hard for any school, even SEC schools like Florida, Tennessee or Ole Miss, to get Lawson to decommitt from the Tigers.
In fact, it's going to be impossible.