Tough Up Front

In his weekly recruiting column for Hawgs Illustrated, Dudley E. Dawson chats with Lackawanna (Pa.) CC offensive lineman Jermaine Eluemunor (6-5, 315) and Fort Scott (Kan.) CC defensive lineman Abu Lamin (6-4, 305) - who are both taking official visits to Arkansas beginning on Thursday.

Arkansas head football coach Bret Bielema has made his philosopy on being strong up front on offense and defense very clear from the day he arrived.

"I'm not a guy that starts in the back end and works forward," Bielema said. "I'm going to start with the offensive and defensive line – two staples that I believe are important for winning games that I want our team to play. Doesn't matter whether we are in the SEC, Big 10 the Pac 12. It's something I emphasize from day one."

That's why he is hosting a pair of big-time junior college prospects on official visits this weekend in Lackawanna (Pa.) Community College offensive lineman and current UCLA soft commit Jermaine Eluemunor (6-5, 315) and Fort Scott (Kan.) CC defensive tackle Abu Lamin (6-4, 305).

Both are slated to arrive on Thursday and get a chance to look over everything before having to leave on Saturday.

"Coach Bielema was really the first coach that started to talk to me and he and (Arkansas offensive line) Coach (Sam) Pittman have a great reputation for developing offensive lineman and putting them in the NFL," Eluemunur said Wednesday night. "That has really gotten my attention and is something that will really factor into my decision."

The London-born Eluemunor, who moved to the United States in 2008, has accumulated over 20 offers from schools such as Alabama, Florida, Florida State and Ohio State.

But he says he is now only considering three schools, but doesn't know if he will have a final decision by next week as he had previously stated.

"It's Arkansas, UCLA or Ohio State," Eluemunor said. "It will be one of those three schools, but I don't know yet if I am going to have a decision by next week. It's just a really big decision."

Lamin, who visited Fayetteville on June 3 for an unofficial visit, has already taken official visits to Florida and South Carolina.

He is excited about the opportunity to spend more time in Fayetteville this time around.

"I got to see the facilities and I have a great relationship with the coaches," Lamin said. "This time it is going to be more about campus life and hanging out with the guys that would be my teammates. I also really want to check into the academics because it is the biggest factor for me."

Lamin knows he has great options when it comes to football programs.

"But I'll be the first to tell you that I am not the strongest in the classroom so the academic side of things means even more to me than the football field does," Lamin said. "I need a strong support system and an assurance that if I put in the hard work that there will be people there that can help guide me through this journey successfully. I want to be a success off the field as well as developing on it."

Lamin, who has gone from two offers to a dozen since the spring, could take two more official visits and likely will take one next week to either Auburn or Nebraska.

"I have to tell one of them yes and one of them no, but I am not sure which one it is going to be yet," Lamin said. "As far as that last visit, I am also considering Georgia, Tennessee and Arizona State along with Auburn and Nebraska."

Jermaine Eluemunor

Abu Lamin

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