Posted by Bryan Fischer
After surprising just about everybody by pulling in a top five recruiting class in 2011, Clemson and head coach Dabo Swinney are aiming to do the same in 2012.
The Tigers are off to a good start after picking up the commitment of Central (S.C.) defensive end Shaq Lawson on Sunday afternoon.
"I just called Dabo and told him," Lawson told TigerIllustrated.com. "He was very excited. He knew yesterday that he wanted me to come to Clemson. I thought about it and made my decision today."
The 6-foot-4, 230 pound end also held offers from Tennessee, Maryland and East Carolina. He attended Clemson's Junior Day on Saturday and the unofficial visit left a lasting impression on Lawson.
"It was fun," he told the website. "I met coach Dabo and we talked about coming to Clemson. He said he likes me a lot and likes my size. I met with coach Brad Scott and we talked about grades. (Defensive ends coach Marion) Hobby was telling me about himself and why he came back to Clemson. I saw the facilities and brought my uncle Raymond along."
The commitment of Lawson is just the latest in the Daniel High School pipeline. The Tigers signed teammate DeShaun Williams, a defensive tackle, in February.
"He's explosive," Daniel coach Randy Robinson said of Lawson to the Spartanburg Herald-Journal. "He has long arms and he gets his hands on (offensive) tackles quickly. He speed rushes off the edge."
One of the top defensive ends in the state, Lawson had 100 tackles and 13 sacks as a junior while also leading the basketball team to a state championship. He is the second commitment of 2012 for Clemson, joining offensive lineman Jay Guillermo.