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March 24, 2012Auburn has picked up a huge commitment from one of the top overall prospects in the 2013 class.
Milton (Alpharetta, Ga.) four-star defensive end Carl Lawson, rated by Rivals.com as the No. 8 strongside defensive end in the country, informed Auburn head coach Gene Chizik Saturday night of his intentions to sign with the Tigers in February.
"I'm going to be a Tiger," said Lawson. "I called Coach (Mike) Pelton and Coach Chizik and told them I'm going to Auburn.
"It feels great. I love it at Auburn. It feels like home to me."
Lawson visited Auburn on Saturday and watched as the Tigers held their second practice of the spring.
Lawson said Pelton, Auburn's second-year defensive line coach, played a big part in his decision.
"I love everything at Auburn," he said. "I love the practices and feel like I can become an even better player at Auburn. I love the way Coach Pelton works his guys during practice, and I love how they are going to use me in their defense.
"I love the people at Auburn. It's just a great place and I'm excited that I will be able to call it home."
Lawson is Auburn's sixth commitment in the 2013 class joining Rivals100 defensive end Dee Liner, Rivals100 linebacker Trey Johnson, Rivals250 receiver Earnest Robinson, three-star cornerback Kamryn Melton and the nation's No. 1 punter in Jimmy Hutchinson.
Lawson, 6-foot-3, 245 pounds, chose Auburn over offers from several programs including Alabama, Florida, Clemson, Cal, Georgia Tech, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Tennessee, among others.
"My parents still want me to go on visits to other schools, but I feel great about my commitment to Auburn," Lawson said. "I can't wait to be a Tiger."
At 6-3, 245, Lawson claims a 4.7-second 40-yard dash, a 450-pound bench press and a 570-pound squat. Rivals rates Lawson the No. 91 overall prospect in the country.