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<td>6'4" / 280 lbs.</td>
<td>Denham Springs, Louisiana<span> </span></td>
<td><b>247 Composite Star Ranking</b><span> </span></td>
<td>Three Star (***)<span> </span></td>
The Frogs got a big time late surprise in Tevin Lawson, who actually signed with TCU AFTER signing day. With TCU's move to the Big 12, Frogs' head coach Gary Patterson has said multiple times that they need to get bigger on both lines. Lawson definitely fits that description, going 6-5, 280 as a defensive tackle. Lawson was virtually committed to LSU all the way up to signing day and he could make an impact as a true freshman.
- A long time LSU commit, Lawson made the switch to a different sort of purple after the Tigers offer turned into a grayshirt offer. For those not familiar with the term, grayshirting means you have to pay your own way for the first semester on campus and you're not allowed to partake in team activities the first semester. Grayshirting can be a good way to reduce numbers by moving a scholarship forward into the next class, but throwing a grayshirt offer at a player who has been committed to a full scholarship offer for months is a pretty scumbag move, and Lawson took it as an insult.
- Though he's ticketed for the defensive line at TCU, Lawson was actually a four star guard prospect to ESPN as well as a four star tackle to Rivals. Take this to mean that Lawson will have excellent footwork on the d-line and a good burst. If there are injuries on the o-line and we need someone to switch at some point, Lawson is a good candidate.
- At 6'4 (6'5" in shoes) Lawson has a massive frame to add weight to once he gets into the TCU weight room. If he can keep his quickness up with the added bulk I could see Lawson tipping in at a bit over 300 lbs and being an all-conference level player for us as early as his junior year.
- The one worry that persists with defensive tackles as tall as Lawson is pad level, as ideally your tackles need to keep low and drive to attack. Expect Patterson and company to drill Lawson mercilessly on staying low (it's something just about all freshman tackles need help with), but don't be surprised if when we see Lawson on the field this year against top competition he gets stood up a bit more than he penetrates.
- TCU won out for Lawson's services over LSU, Auburn, Miami (Fl.), Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and possibly Texas (ESPN lists a longhorn offer, 24/7 does not). It's not a huge list of teams, but it's quality and more teams would have likely been interested in him if he hadn't been committed to LSU for so long before they goofed. This is a big time get for the Frogs out of Louisiana, which should be TCU's second most important state recruiting wise.