Lawson will be eligible for the 2013 season, and LSU coaches know that.
True statement, but not necessarily what is necessary for him to play at LSU. Most of what has been said is some of his classes will not pass the NCAA clearinghouse to allow him to enroll and receive a full football scholarship at LSU in fall 2013. It's not that he didn't pass them, it's that the summer classes he apparently took might not be accepted by the NCAA to fulfill the requirements he needs to enroll and get a scholly at LSU.
Who's wrong or right is irrelevant. Lawson could've focused on his classes and making sure he was going to meet the requirements of making it to LSU early in his highschool career, just as I did and many others who went to LSU. LSU looked at its history with players and the clearing house and weren't willing to risk losing a scholly in 2013 if Lawson wasn't allowed in, like Avery wasn't last year. LSU made the the right business move to grant the scholly to someone who was a 100% lock to enroll, and then offer the greyshirt to Lawson. All it means is LSU still wants him, but weren't 100% sure he would clear. If Lawson wants to go to LSU, he should take the grey shirt, take 9 hours in the fall and go full scholly in the spring. 2 years from now, his grades in HS won't matter and he will be playing for the team he wants to.
As far as the timing of the grey-shirt, I understand how people closer to the situation emotionally can be upset that the offer came so late in the process, but the reality is, no one knows what info LSU had regarding the clearing house and if/when they received it. Maybe LSU thought everything was good and then received info that he wasn't going to clear just before they switched the offer. Again everyone is speculating at this point and if you are emotionally involved with this situation, your argument will be skewed to whichever side of the fence you are on.
Facts are there is a question about him getting cleared with the NCAA and LSU decided to not take the risk of losing a scholly in 2013. Everything is still on the table for Lawson to get a full ride and play football at LSU. It's not the ideal path from point A to B, but it still gets you there almost the same way.
This post was edited on 2/11 at 11:49 pm