The last time Abu Lamin was at the University of Arkansas, he had lunch on the 50-yard line of Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium, thanks to Bret Bielema.
Lamin was so impressed with his last trip (Monday, June 3) to Fayetteville, Ark., that the Fayetteville, N.C. native said he had to get back to Arkansas for an official visit.
"My interest in Arkansas is great," Lamin said. "I have connection with the coaches and still have a great vibe. Arkansas is still standing tall like they always have been. I'm taking my official visit July 19 and I'm looking forward to even better things.
"The first time I went, it was an unofficial visit, but now it's official. I'm looking forward to it and Arkansas is still high on my list."
His list consists of several schools across the nation, including seven Southeastern Conference schools (Arkansas, Auburn, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, South Carolina, Tennessee), two Big-12 schools (Texas Tech, West Virginia), two Pac-12 schools (Arizona State, Oregon State), a Big Ten school (Nebraska) and an Atlantic Coast Conference school (Miami). Lamin, a 6-foot-4, 300-pound defensive tackle at Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College) said in his travels across the country, he has been most impressed by Arkansas' athletic facilities.
"When I went out there, I basically saw all of the facilities, but the coaches really want me to come and see the new facilities," Lamin said. "They told me they'll bring me in there, I'm going to have a great time and it's going to be worth coming in again to see everything.
"From being around other schools, I know Arkansas has top-notch facilities. And especially that new facility, when they get that done, they're going to have the best facilities in the game. Period. Out of all the schools I have seen, nobody's facility is going to better than that new one. They already have great facilities, but that new one, it's going to be crazy."
Another vital part of Arkansas' recruitment of a highly-regarded defensive tackle like Lamin is the Razorbacks' new defensive line coach, Charlie Partridge. Partridge spent the last five years with Bielema at Wisconsin and helped develop J.J. Watt, who won the Associated Press NFL defensive player of the year last year and was also named the AFC defensive player of the year.
"Coach Partridge and I have a great relationship," Lamin said. "We're contacting on Facebook or Twitter all of the time. He will ask about my family or even just my day. Just last week, we were talking about the 4th of July and I was telling him to tell his family to have a great fourth of July and he was telling me and my family to have a fantastic fourth of July.
"I know Coach Partridge could turn me into an animal because his defensive line back at Wisconsin, all of those boys were animals. They were all great. And we've seen what he could do with J.J. Watt. He went to the NFL and became one of the best defensive lineman. To me, that's great because you know Coach Partridge can definitely coach athletes and that's what it's all about."
Lamin excited to visit Arkansas
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