Lawson enjoys Junior Day


Florida racked up a ton of recruiting success this past Saturday. Not only did the Gators score six verbal commitments for 2013, but they impressed some of the nation’s top prospects.

One of those happened to be Carl Lawson.

Photo credit: AJC

The four-star defensive end from Alpharetta, Ga., made his first trip to Gainesville and was blown away on Junior Day.

“I finally got a chance to see The Swamp and I loved it,” Lawson said. “The visit went great. I took a tour of the campus and checked out the academics, too. I enjoyed the experience and the school is beautiful now that I’ve had a chance to see it.”

The Rivals100 member holds over two-dozen offers, and his top six schools from that group are Auburn, Alabama, Florida, Ole Miss, UCLA and USC. He claims no leader at this time.

UF is among the favorites because of its program prestige and defensive dominance.

“The Gators have been prestigious over the past decade,” Lawson said. “I really like the defensive system that they run. They have a top-10 unit like every year.”

UF coach Will Muschamp and his defensive staff are recruiting Lawson as a buck linebacker, which has also sparked his interest. The 6-foot-3, 250-pounder believes he has the ability to excel at the hybrid position.

“They talked about how they loved my film,” Lawson said, “and how they can’t wait to get me down to Florida.”

Are the coaches already assuming they will land Lawson?

“Yeah,” he laughed. “They expect me to come. They really wanted me to commit. It shows how bad they want me.”

Lawson plans to attend Friday Nights Lights in July and officially visit five schools in the fall, including UF.

Photo by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


  1. Hey Zach
    Great stuff you’re reporting on. Again i just wanted to ask about Peter Kalambayi. Last thing you posted about him was that UF was his dream school. But we already have 4 LB’s in the 2013 class. I was really hoping to have him as part of the LB’s core.

  2. I love what Muschamp and the coaching staff are doing. All 10 picks from the 2013 class are from FL. Glad to see he’s starting to make way in the sunshine state. However, I’m a little worried about that WR position. I just feel like it needs to be addressed (not saying it’s not btw). It just scares me. Awesome job Zach. Always look forward to reading your material. Keep feeding us bro.

  3. Zach, I’m impressed by this fast start for Muschamp. I;m concerned
    that so far, however, the predominance for recruiting is defensive commitments. Are kids shying away until our team demonstrates offensive direction and momentum? Your thoughts.

  4. Not including unsigned Jr-year verbals, Muschamp has recruited 54.8% defense, 45.2% offense (including kickers). By contrast Meyer recruited 52.2%-47.8%, respectively. So he’s going after D players only by 2-3 points more than Meyer. I think the lack of offensive production combined with the large number of Wr/Te transfers (including Blakely, McRoy, Clark, McFarland, Christian, Dunkley, Coxson, Lawrence) add to a perception that we recruit more D when really it’s been a consequence of attrition.

  5. There’s a plan to get offensive players and Muschamp and company are recruiting them hard. They have not committed like defensive players, but, they will come. We lead for several top WR’s and OL! Many of them are waiting to see what kind of product UF puts on the field. Once they see what Pease plans to run, they will start dropping in the bucket! Some of you need to have a little more faith in our coaching staff! Don’t you think they realize the needs on offense!

    Greg – you can’t accurately break down the percentages of recruits, by position. They are recruiting a lot of players that you don’t even know about. I would suggest that those of you who are concerned, get a membership with Gator Country. It’s not much money and you will learn that we are making a push for offensive players. Their recruiting board is awesome and keeps you up-to-date on all recruiting and offers made.

    2013 is going to be a historical class – probably the best ever signed. Of course, they have to prove it on the field, but, there’s so real studs that are going to be in this class!

  6. Zach, please inform people that offense sells tickets and makes the casual fan feel all warm, fuzzy and optimistic inside. The truth is that DEFENSE wins championships (Alabama anyone) and Muschamp is loading up on quality defenders. As far as offense goes, wait and see I guess. Hopefully Pease is going to do what a super bowl winning, Ex-NFL head coach could not. Try college plays coach, this is not the NFL yet, just NFL caliber athletes. Go Gators

  7. One poster made a good point about how Muschamp is recruiting nearly 50- 50 on offense and defense. However, since we have had so many offensive players leave, and we are so thin at some offensive positions, shouldn’t he be recruiting more heavily on the offensive side of the ball instead of slightly towards the defensive side of the ball? I agree that defense is the way to win championships but, no matter how good your defense is, with an offense as bad as ours has been the last couple years, you can forget winning the SEC without drastic improvement on offense.

  8. @GI — “Not including unsigned Jr-year verbals”. Meaning of the players we have signed, which one can absolutely break down the percentages of recruits by position. Again, even so, Muschamp isn’t much different than Meyer in O vs. D recruits.

  9. I too am concerned at what few offensive players are excited about UF.
    Perhaps they are thinking about how Debose was 4th on the depth chart when the season began last year… if I were a stud coming out next year & knew I was talented, I’d be wary .. real wary!