Fort Scott (KS) Community College defensive tackle Abu Lamin (6-4, 290) has yet to visit Arkansas, but is already pretty sure it is going to be the place he plays his college football.
After all, going from Fayetteville, North Carolina – where he was born – to Fayettevllle, Arkansas would seem to have a little symmetry to it.
"Arkansas is a big time program and (Razorback offensive line) Coach (Sam) Pittman has really got me thinking it is the place for me," Lamin said. "He has stressed how they have a great football program, but how they are also really big on getting an education and being a success off the field as well. That really appeals to me."
As do the Razorback fans that have already showered attention on Lamin, who said Tuesday night that he will visit Arkansas on June 3.
"Once they found out that Arkansas was interested in me and that I was interested in the Razorbacks, the fans have been showing me all kinds of love," Lamin said. "It's a really cool deal."
Lamin, who has taken 40 pounds off playing at 315 his senior season at Trinity Christian, has offers from Arkansas, South Carolina, Texas Tech, North Carolina State, SMU and Arizona State.
He is a valuable junior college prospect because he redshirted last season for the Greyhounds, is in line to be a December graduate and would have three years to play three seasons at his next stop.
"I'll be honest with you, I wasn't very happy at all at first when they told me that I was going to redshirt," Lamin said. "But then I saw how all these colleges are crazy over the three years to play three deal. It has turned out to be a great deal for me."
Lamin has earlier planned to visit Arkansas next week, but has pushed it to June because of a scheduling conflict.
"That us one of the few weeks that the Arkansas coaches are going to be out of the offices during the summer so we rescheduled it for June 3," Lamin said. "I am excited to be able to get down there and check it all out."
Lamin will go into the visit with one mindset, but admits that could change.
"Right now I think I would like to take all five of my visits," Lamin said, "but if I get down there and it's poppin' like I think it is and I like the coaches and the players and the fans, well, don't be surprised if I don't go ahead and commit to Arkansas."
Another factor that might cause that to happen is the fact that the Razorbacks are an SEC team.
"There is no doubt that the SEC is the best conference in American and I want the chance to play against the absolute best players," Lamin said. "I want to do that to develop as much as I can and have a chance to play in the NFL one day."
Lamin could play at either nose guard or defensive tackle.
"I think I can play the three technique or nose guard on the next level and be successful at either one," Lamin said. "I think I am a strong player that has great feet. I am already quick for my size, but that is one thing I am going to keep working on this summer."
Fort Scott is coming off a 4-5 campaign last season, but is bringing back several talented defenders and adding in Lamin.
That includes defensive end Demetrius Hill (53 tackles last season) and defensive back Antonio Carter (49 tackles).
"I can't wait to get on the field with Demetrius Hill because I think we are going to do a lot of damage together on the defensive line," Lamin said. "We have a chance to have a great defense."
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