Five-star DE Lawson focusing on season

Coming off a junior season in which he made 31 tackles for loss and 15 sacks, five-star defensive end Carl Lawson (Alpharetta, Ga./Milton) knows the bar is set high for his senior season. The No. 5 prospect in the country, Lawson also dominated the offseason camp circuit as well. But when the 6-foot-2, 252-pound senior stood at midfield after making two sacks and several quarterback pressures, the look on his face was of pure disgust.

“I feel like I performed awful,” Lawson said. “I had two sacks, but I literally missed nine where I had them in my hands. I need to work on my tackling and come out of my stance under control.”

Nevertheless, the Eagles won their opener over Alpharetta 35-28. Coming off a disappointing 4-7 season last year, Lawson is focused on putting his school on the map.

“It feels great that everyone put the team on their back and worked hard all summer,” Lawson said. “Nobody had faith in Milton, so I am just really excited about this.”

Lawson committed to Auburn in March, but programs are still coming after him left and right in an attempt to earn the chance to host the elite pash rusher on an official visit.

“I feel great about this class and the Auburn program,” Lawson said. “It is a nice environment that feels like home. Tennessee, UCLA, USC, FSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Florida and of course Auburn are trying to get me to take officials. That is a lot of schools wanting me to take visits.”

When it comes to recruiting, however, Lawson says he is putting everything on the backburner until the season is over.

“Right now I am focusing on my team and I am not thinking about recruiting or officials or anything else,” Lawson said. “My first priority is Milton football. I am not a guy that really wants to go anywhere on visits. I will go if someone wants me to and tells me, but I really like my community and this is my last year of high school. I just want to stay here and chill with these guys.”