5-star Lawson shocked by Auburn firing

Five-star defensive end Carl Lawson (Marietta, Ga./Milton) was not prepared to discuss the news Sunday that Auburn had fired head coach Gene Chizik.

“No comment on Auburn right now," Lawson said. "The news shocked me.”

His father, Carl Lawson Sr., did not have much else to add.

“We will just see what happens and he will make his determination from there,” Lawson Sr. said. “We have not spoken to anyone at Auburn today.”

Over the weekend, Lawson took an unofficial visit to Clemson, and he had good things to say about the trip.

“Clemson is a great place,” Lawson said. “The campus was beautiful and I really liked it there. The coaching staff said a lot of good things about how they could use me to rush the passer in the ACC. They just really want me at Clemson.”

Lawson, who committed to Auburn last March, spent time with a few familiar faces in Clemson wide receiver commitment Ryan Jenkins (Marietta, Ga./Lassiter) and fellow ESPN 150 defensive linemen Montravius Adams (Vienna, Ga./Dooly County) and Ebenezer Ogundeko (Brooklyn, N.Y./Thomas Jefferson).

“We hung out for a little bit and watched a good football game together,” Lawson said.

Lawson does not have anything planned next for his recruitment, but he knows plenty of schools will be in contact, including some set to visit as the contact period began Sunday.

“Lot of schools are coming by to see me next week,” Lawson said. “Ed Orgeron is coming. Chris Kiffin, Matt Luke and Derrick Nix are coming from Ole Miss, plus a coach from Washington and maybe Clemson.”

In 11 games this season, Lawson made 26.5 sacks and 36 tackles for loss. But because his team is no longer in the playoffs, the five-star prospect was disappointed in his level of play as a senior.

“I think I had an OK performance this year, although I made a lot of mistakes,” Lawson said. “Even though it is disappointing that we did not get further with the talent we had, I am just grateful for the opportunity to have one more year with my team. It was a blessing and I appreciate the time I got to spend with them.”

Next up for Lawson will be the Under Armour All-America game Jan. 4 at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN, where he plans to show he is worthy of being mentioned as one of the best in the country.

“I plan to go out there and dominate,” Lawson said. “You never get recognized for being good, but you sure as heck do if you are great.”