Friday, June 28, 2013
Juco DT Lamin has something to prove
By Damon Sayles
Confidence. It’s something junior college defensive lineman Abu Lamin (Fort Scott, Kan./Fort Scott Community College) has plenty of. But Lamin will be the first to ask people not to mistake his confidence for cockiness.
In fact, all he wants is for everyone to watch him work, college scouts especially.
While the 6-foot-4, 300-pound defensive tackle from Fayetteville, N.C., envisions every play with the idea of controlling the tempo, he is thankful for all who have helped him become the player he is. Lamin is entertaining 17 offers -- the latest coming from Miami a couple weeks ago -- and he is expecting to ultimately be a force for one BCS program.
“Once I get to the game, I want people to know it’s no joke,” Lamin said. “I’m coming to dominate every day and do what I have to do. Point blank, I’m going to go wherever and work hard. I know I can come in and play immediately. I’m 20; I’m a grown man. I’ve been working all my life to get there.”
Lamin’s power, motor and, yes, confidence are what make him such an attractive get for colleges. He can play either defensive tackle or defensive end but said he’s most comfortable playing in the interior.
Florida and South Carolina, at one time, were his clear favorites, but Lamin said he has completely opened up the process to other schools. The Gators and Gamecocks still are in the running, but he’s also eyeing Arkansas, Tennessee, Georgia, Nebraska and Arizona State. Most recently, Kentucky and Miami have managed to creep into the picture.
“Right now, every school has a chance, and I’m not ready to name a top five,” Lamin said. “I kinda have an idea of a top five in my head, but you still have schools trying to inch in. A lot of good coaches are around and recruiting me.”
Expectations are high for Lamin at Fort Scott, but no one sets higher goals for him than he does. He has two goals when he arrives to a BCS program – be equally impressive on the field and in the classroom and play well enough that his position isn’t taken by a freshman star.
“I’m not trying to be disrespectful or cocky, but I’m not going to let any freshman take my job,” he said. “Competition makes the game go around. Without competition, it wouldn’t be interesting.
“All I really want to do is make the best of my situation, because I know God put me in this situation, and I’m happy for it. My goal is to get to the NFL, but my bigger goal is to get a degree. Either way, I want to dominate. I want everybody to know my name and for everybody to remember me.”
Lamin said he’s visited Arkansas, Auburn, South Carolina and Florida, and he hopes to take a few more visits before making a final decision.