The Central, S.C. product took a year at prep school to get his grades in order, but he's finally in school at Clemson and could make a difference early for the Tigers.
Defensive end prospect Shaq Lawson has enrolled at Clemson, ending a year-long saga that kept him away from Death Valley. Lawson failed to qualify academically last year, and attended Hargrave Military Academy this fall to get his grades together.
The 6'4, 265 lb Central (S.C.) D.W. Daniel High School product could get a chance to play early in his career at Clemson, as the Tigers will need a replacement for the departing Malliciah Goodman. Clemson has two other defensive ends in their 2013 class in Ebenezer Ogundeko and Dane Rogers, but Lawson looks to be the current class of that group. He is certainly the most physically ready to play of the three.
Clemson's 2013 class doesn't quite measure up to their past few groups, but it's still a top 25 class by pretty much all measures. Also, with only 18 commits currently on the board, they still have room to add a few players before National Signing Day on Feb. 6.
Ratings: Four-star (247, Rivals, ESPN), three-star (Scout)
Vitals: Lawson stands 6'4 and weighs in at 265 lbs
Other offers: There was no mystery where Lawson would go after Clemson placed him in the prep school, but he also received offers from East Carolina, Maryland, Tennessee.
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