June 19, 2013

Golden opportunity


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Fort Scott Community College (Fort Scott, Kan.) defensive tackle Abu Lamin knows he has a golden opportunity in front of him.

Out of high school, the 6-foot-5, 305-pound prospect had opportunities to play big time college football, but he couldn't get the needed test score to qualify.

Now, just a year and a half later, he has a long list of suitors and is simply soaking the recruiting experience up.

"It is a great experience to have a second chance to play college football," Lamin said. "It is a blessing what is happening right now. JUCO is a great place because there are so many hard workers here, but this is a real big blessing to be recruited right now. I didn't think it would blow up like this, but I am enjoying it. It can be stressful sometimes, but it is great most of the time."

Lamin holds over a dozen offers and took an early official visit to Florida last weekend.

Next on his schedule is a visit to South Carolina, and many believe that the four-star prospect will be a Gator or a Gamecock at the next level.

While those schools are in solid position to land Lamin, he says that other schools are also heavily in the mix.

"I think that anyone who thinks I'm headed to either one of those schools for sure just has their nose in the media too much," he said. "Those are the two schools that have recruited me the hardest and I really like both programs, but I like Georgia a lot. I like Tennessee a lot. I'm very interested in Arizona State and Nebraska. I like a lot of different schools and I'm going to take my visits and figure it all out. Those two schools were just in it first and the first to get me to their campus."

Georgia is a program that hasn't been mentioned much when talking about the JUCO standout, but Lamin says that the Bulldogs are after him hard since offering in late spring.

"I talk to the Georgia coaches a lot and especially coach Chris Wilson," Lamin said. "They are tried to get me up there for an unofficial but my coaches just don't have the time to get me there or I would have taken that visit. I don't know Coach Wilson all that great yet, but I want to know him better. I talk to him on the phone a lot. He seems like a great guy. He said he wants me to come in there so he can do great things with me."

The North Carolina native also says that he plans to visit Athens on an official visit in the next few months.

"Georgia is one of the top programs in the nation," he said. "They are in the SEC and (it is) just a great program. They are doing a lot of stuff right and I like that. I definitely want to get to Georgia. I wish I could have made the trip for an unofficial visit, but I will be taking an official visit there later this summer or during the season. I want to get there during the season because from what I understand, the college campuses aren't as live in the summer as they are during the season."

So what will Lamin, who is on track to graduate in December, be looking for when he makes a decision on where he wants to play at the next level?

"I'm looking for a place that has strong academic support and a strong campus lifestyle. Both the academics and the lifestyle are really important to me," Lamin said. "I also want coaches that are going to support you through thick and thin and coaches that are great teachers and can teach me the scheme. I want to play right away but I want to earn it."

When it comes to making a decision, Lamin says that he wants to take all of his official visits, but he isn't ruling out committing once he feels he has found the right place.

"I really don't know when I could make a decision. With me, anything can happen," Lamin said. "I can make my decision before the season. I could do it after the season. I could do it in the middle of the season. I just don't know. Right now, I want to be able to take all my officials, but things could switch up. I just don't know. I really want to focus on my grades and getting my last semester and be perfect in it.">









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