One of those happened to be Carl Lawson.
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.
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