Carl Lawson: Why Auburn Should Worry Clemson Is After 5-Star DE

Andrew Kulha@@AKonSportsSenior Analyst IIINovember 21, 2012

Via 247Sports
Via 247Sports

5-star defensive end Carl Lawson is committed to the Auburn Tigers, but they can't be feeling too good about the fact that another program with a Tigers mascot is trying to get him to flip: Clemson.

Lawson confirmed his commitment to Auburn according to a report via Ryan Bartow of, but he also did discuss Clemson and how they have begun to strongly recruit him.

The Tigers offered in February and renewed their interest a month ago.

"I got a call from (running backs) coach (Tony) Elliott last month," Lawson said. "They want me to come to Clemson."

Since then, he's spoken to Clemson defensive ends coach Marion Hobby and Dabo Swinney.

"They just want me to come to Clemson," Lawson said. "They say it's a real good school."

While anybody can pitch that their school is "a real good school," Clemson actually does have a lot to offer to Lawson, so the fact that they're turning up the heat on his commitment should definitely worry Auburn.

It's not surprising at all that Lawson has become a major target for Clemson, especially after they lost the commitment of No. 1 overall recruit, 5-star defensive end Robert Nkemdiche.

Nkemdiche was the centerpiece of Dabo Swinney's 2013 class and the Tigers were counting on him to be elite coming off the edge at defensive end, but now that he's gone they have to turn their attention elsewhere, and what better program to pick on right now than Auburn?

The Tigers are in the midst of an abysmal 3-8 season and there's a good shot that they'll finish 3-9 and 0-8 in the SEC because their opponent this weekend is Alabama, in the Iron Bowl. 

It's been a horrible year for the Tigers of Auburn, and head coach Gene Chizik is firmly on the hot seat. The future of the head coaching position is extremely uncertain right now, and no matter what recruits say, that only hurt's Auburn's chances to retain their elite players.

Lawson is one of those elite recruits in Chizik's 2013 class, and even though he's affirmed his commitment to Auburn, you can't blame Clemson for trying to get him to flip.

They can offer him stability at the head coaching position, the chance to play in the ACC against easier competition and the opportunity to win right away. Clemson can also offer Lawson the role of being the star recruit of their 2013 class now that Nkemdiche is gone, and he'd be asked to do the same things on defense.

At Auburn, Lawson is one of three elite recruits, so he'll have to share that spotlight. With Clemson, he could be "the guy", and when you factor in the fan appreciation he'd get for coming in and "saving the day" after the Nkemidche saga, it seems like Clemson has a pretty good pitch.

With Auburn's program essentially being in a state of chaos, this is the perfect time for a school like Clemson to try to flip away an elite prospect that they desperately need.

Lawson says he's committed, but if you're an Auburn fan, it has to be very hard to feel comfortable about anything right now in regards to the program—and that includes recruiting.

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