Arkansas head football coach Bret Bielema wanted to show Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College defensive tackle Abu Lamin (6-4, 300) just how special a recruit he was to the Razorbacks on Monday.
So he set up a table on the 50-yard line at Reynolds Razorback Stadium, got a whole bunch of barbeque wings and he and the Arkansas defensive staff had lunch with Lamin.
"Lunch on the 50-yard line, now that was amazing," Lamin said. "Coach B did his research and made sure I had my favorite meal and that was the barbeque wings. Coach B, the whole defensive staff and I just sit out there and had lunch. That was so cool. I've never had anything like that done for me before."
Lamin, who has offers from SEC schools Arkansas, Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina and Auburn among his 11 already put on the table, also was impressed with everything else the Razorback program had to offer.
"The facilities were also amazing, especially the new building (football center)," Lamin said. "Once they get that built, I think their facilities will be number one in the nation.
"They are just crazy good in the new building – all way from the training room all the way to the weight room and every thing else they are building," Lamin said. "It is big and nice. It is not completely built yet, but you can tell when it is done, it is going to simply be amazing.
"Then you go to the practice fields and they have a turf field and one that is all grass," Lamin added. "The academic facilities are also amazing. That caught my eye, especially knowing that I will have two academic advisors."
Arkansas impressed Lamin – a Fayetteville, N.C., native - so much that he wants to get his mother to visit Fayetteville, Arkansas soon.
"I am trying to get my mom to come down to Arkansas immediately," Lamin said. "Be it this week, next week or some time during the season."
Lamin redshirted last year at Fort Scott, will play for the Greyhounds this season, is slated to be a mid-term graduate and then have three years to play on the Division I level.
His next visit is likely to be to Florida on June 14.
"That's the plan," Lamin said. "I am going to holler at the Florida coaches and see what's up."
Arizona State, Nebraska, Texas Tech, Southern Mississippi, Ball State and Oregon State have also offered Lamin.
He does not plan to commit quickly and instead hopes to take five official visits before and during the 2013 season.
"The Arkansas coaches were real cool and let it be known that they would love to have me and love to have me commit right away," Lamin said. "But they didn't pressure me.
"Coach B told me that he knows it is a big decision in my life so the time is up to me," Lamin added. "So while they are definitely want me there immediately and would love for me to be a Hog, they are not rushing me and I appreciate that.
"The thing I really appreciate is that they want me to get better as a person and as a player," Lamin continued. "They care about me more than just as a football player.
"But I am probably going to try and take this into the season," Lamin said. I want to get my five officials in before making that decision."
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