Richard Davenport has been a recruiting columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette since 2007. He also hosts Recruiting Thursday each Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m. statewide.
JC D-lineman Lamin next pledge?
Defensive lineman Abu Lamin (98) visited Arkansas on Monday.
After hearing Arkansas offensive line coach Sam Pittman's description of the Razorback program, junior college defensive lineman Abu Lamin has scheduled a June 3 visit.
"One, just coming in there and getting ready to compete to play," Lamin said. "He's already seen my film, he knows what I can do he expects great things out of me and I know I can achieve the great things he expects out of me. I know I can come in there and be what he expects me to be. Just the feeling, the atmosphere, he told me about new renovations.
Lamin, 6-5, 290, 4.86 seconds in the 40 yard dash, of Fort Scott Community College in Kansas reports scholarship offers from Arkansas, South Carolina, North Carolina State, Arizona State, Texas Tech and others. He said the Hogs offered him not long after Pittman had a talk with him a few weeks ago.
"He was asking me about my interest in Arkansas," Lamin said. "I told him that's SEC coach I would love to play there. That's the best of the best so he told me he would look at my film and get back with me. He saw the video and liked what he saw and offered."
In Sunday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, he said a commitment to Arkansas might happen when he makes his visit in two weeks.
"It may be a possibility," Lamin said. "But I told myself I wouldn't do it but if I do have that amazing visit, a great crazy time and everything I see is where be I want to be, yeah, don't be surprised to hear my commitment."
Lamin isn't overly pleased with his 390 pound bench press.
"I know I can get so much more weight," he said. "When I come into Arkansas, I'm expecting that 500 I'm jumping over 400 and going to 500."
One thing Lamin isn't short of is speed and quickness off the ball.
"You have to be able to move down there," Lamin said.
Lamin plans to graduate in December and will have three years to play three on the next level. The SEC football and the challenges it presents intrigues him.
"The challenge obviously just coming in there and playing Alabama," Lamin said. "I know that's a big game down there. Everybody just wants to beat Bama .The challenge is coming in there and first of all getting to that field and compete and go and get better each and every day and help the team and get ready for Saturday each and every day . That's the biggest challenge stepping up from Juco all the way to the SEC and that great spotlight."
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