We didn’t think recruiting could get any more bizarre than Davonte Neal’s no-show at his own commitment press conference on Tuesday but just one day later, it has.
Class of 2013 outside linebacker Dillon Lawson, who is currently on ESPNU’s 150 Watch List, committed to Florida on Saturday but now tells ESPN that his dream school is actually hated rival Alabama.
“I mean I was born and raised in Alabama,” Lawson said. “I have an Alabama tattoo on my chest. That’s the reason why. I’m just an Alabama fan. That’s all there is about it. I mean Alabama is my dream school, off the top, No. 1. I told coach Will [Muschamp], ‘Coach I was a Gator fan when I was in Alabama, they were like my second favorite team. But when I moved to Florida I saw how cocky and crazy these Gator fans where, so that kind of turned me away from Florida.’ I told him that.”
So Alabama is his dream school, he has a script “A” tatted on his chest (below) and finds Gator fans obnoxious. So why exactly is he headed to Gainesville?
“When I walked out on that field in The Swamp it was just crazy, it was phenomenal,” Lawson said. “I just felt like I can play there, with all those people looking at me. I got chill bumps when I walked out of that tunnel. I was like, ‘Dang, I can do this.’ I really underestimated Florida. I guess you don’t need to underestimate anyone until you see it for yourself, and I did. I really like the University of Florida.”
Our advice when he finds himself in the Gator locker room next year? Keep your shirt on.