Clemson continues to keep Daniel High School locked down for its recruiting needs. The Tigers Sunday picked up a commitment from DE Shaq Lawson (6-3 245) making him the latest in a long line of Lion standouts to choose the Tigers. Lawson also had offers from Tennessee, East Carolina and Maryland. He had long favored the Tigers and attended their junior day Saturday. “He was real close to committing early and I sat him down and just wanted to make sure he was sure,” said Daniel coach Randy Robinson. “Saturday’s junior day, he really enjoyed it. That’s where he wanted to be. He slept on it and decided that’s what he wanted to do. He was really excited.” Last season he was in on 100 tackles with 13 sacks. “He’s explosive,” Robinson said of Lawson. “He has long arms and he gets his hands on (offensive) tackles quickly. He speed rushes off the edge.” Lawson is Clemson’s 2nd commitment for the 2012 class.
DB M.J. Salahuddin (6-3 195) of Fayetteville, NC is new to football but garnering a lot of attention heading into his senior campaign, according to his father. “Little M.J. was a basketball player but gave that up last year for football,” his father said. “He started in his first year with the team. We are very excited about next season and showing what he can do.” Salahuddin is hearing from Clemson, USC, North Carolina, NC State, Duke, Wake Forest, and East Carolina. He has been to Clemson on several occasions and was at junior day in Columbia. He plans to camp at both schools this summer. “We’re real excited about getting there and showcasing his talents,” said dad. Salahuddin will attend the Under Armour combine in Atlanta this April and is considering other junior days. As a junior, Salahuddin totaled 79 tackles, three forced fumbles, and an interception. He does not have a favorite.
DB Jalen Holt (6-2 220) of Norwood, NC attended Clemson’s junior day over the weekend and came away impressed. “I like the atmosphere there a lot,” he said. “I like the small town feel and how they pack it in on game day.” Holt has not received that first offer but is hearing from the Tigers along with Duke, East Carolina, North Carolina, NC State, Wake Forest, and Tennessee. He has been to junior days at Duke and Wake Forest and is planning a trip to East Carolina. As for Clemson, “I talked to some of the coaches when I was there,” said Holt. “I like them a lot. They were real cool.” Holt plays quarterback and safety for his team but says he may not play either in college. “I’ve been told I have a big frame and I could end up playing with my hand on the ground or at outside linebacker,” he said. As a junior, Holt had four interceptions. He does not have a favorite.
LB Karl Joseph (5-11 187) of Orlando has offers from USC, Florida, Miami, Central Florida, West Virginia, and Cincinnati. Joseph has taken a couple of in-state trips this spring. “I’ve been to UCF a couple of times and been down to Miami too,” he said. “I want to get up to South Carolina this summer. I don’t know if I’m going to camp there but I definitely want to visit.” Joseph is hearing from Georgia Tech, LSU, Auburn, Ohio State, and South Florida as well. As a junior, he had 141 tackles, 109 were solo, and 22 tackles for loss. He also added nine sacks, five forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, and 12 pass break ups. Joseph does not have a favorite but did voice interest in the Gamecocks.