As the saying goes, "better late than never."
The 6-foot-5, 285-pounder went through a whirlwind recruitment the last two weeks after schools learned that he would not be attending LSU, which he had been committed to for nearly one year. Programs such as Oklahoma, Auburn, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Texas, Miami, Kentucky, Louisiana Tech, Oklahoma State and of course TCU all came in hot pursuit of one of the Pelican State's top players.
Lawson took visits to Louisiana-Lafayette, Kentucky, TCU and Louisiana Tech in recent weeks but in the end the big defensive tackle said it came down to TCU's coaches and school size that led him to sign with the Frogs Wednesday night, becoming the 23rd signee for their 2013 class.
"It was a small school which I always wanted to go to (a small school) and they have a great coaching staff," Lawson said of why he signed with TCU. "They have a great defensive line coach who I think I really get along with."
While on his visit to TCU, Lawson had a chance to sit down with head coach Gary Patterson one-on-one. Lawson was impressed with every aspect of the coach, particularly his overall involvement with his program.
"He's very involved with the athletes and he has a lot of energy, which I liked," Lawson said of Patterson.
Lawson was hosted on his TCU visit by Louisiana natives, Terrell Lathan and James McFarland, both of whom played along the defensive line for the Frogs as true freshmen in 2012. Lawson connected with the duo but admits the fact they were from his home state didn't play too big a part in his decision.
"It kind of did, sort of, but it really didn't matter where they were from," he said. "I was just looking for a great coaching staff and someone to help me with my homework."
Lawson will add depth to the interior of the defensive line and give Patterson another key player to help with his desired 10-11 man rotation on the defensive front. Whether or not he makes an impact as a true freshman is up to him.
"They've told me if I work hard in the weight room and on the practice field that I could come in early and play," Lawson said. "I was looking for the best fit, but I want to come in and work hard even if I'm starting or not."
It wasn't until Wednesday that Lawson had finally decided to choose TCU, noting that Louisiana Tech was a close second. While speculation circulated that his family wanted him close to hom, in the end they told him to just follow his heart.
"My family was telling me whatever my heart was saying to go with it, and my heart said TCU," he said.