Big Man With Moves

Arkansas had a chance to host Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College defensive lineman Abu Lamin (6-5, 310), who was excited about what he saw in Fayetteville and thus the Razorbacks remain firmly in the mx to land the North Carolina native.

Fort Scott (Kan.) defensive lineman Abu Lamin (6-5, 310) didn't participate in the dance off that happened on Friday when Arkansas players got their first chance to see inside the new Fred W. Smith Football Operations Center.

But the redshirt freshman and 2014 prospect certainly enjoyed the excitement and doesn't rule out being in one down the line inside the same facility.

"That was great," Lamin said. "They were all hyped up about seeing the new facility and it was just great to see the joy on their faces. Guys like (defensive tackles) Robert Thomas and Byran Jones were getting with it. Those are some big guys with some great moves. Just like I have."

Lamin, who had been to Fayetteville in early June for a one-day unofficial visit, took the third of five official visits to Arkansas Thursday through Saturday.

He had previously taken official visits to Florida and South Carolina and will take treks to either Nebraska or Auburn next week and to Tennessee.

He will have four years to play three at his next stop after redshirting last season.

"Arkansas is such a great place and I was happy that I got a chance to be around the coaches and players this time," Lamin said. "I think that was the best aspect of the visit although every thing about Arkansas is really cool.

"They have great facilities and great coaches and I had a great time getting to know them better and getting a chance to look over the school," Lamin said. "I can really see myself being a Razorback and I know that they could use me with the guys they have graduating."

Lamin, who grew up in Fayetteville, N.C., loves what he sees from Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema, defensive coordinator Chris Ash and defensive line coach Charlie Partridge.

"All those coaches are great guys, cool guys, guys that know what they are doing and know how to get guys in the league (NFL)," Lamin said. "They also are guys that I know I could go to for anything at anytime as far as stuff off the field."

Lamin, who had lunch with the Arkansas coaches on the 50-yard line at Reynolds Razorback Stadium on his unofficial visit, was also really excited about going to the Catfish Hole.

"I got a chance to see how great the fans were there," Lamin said. "They were doing the Hog call and just telling me how much they wanted me to come to Arkansas. It just blew me away. I mean just totally blew me away.

"Since Arkansas doesn't have any pro teams, it's the only show in town and they have great, great fans" Lamin added. "The food was great, too."

Lamin says that he currently has a top six – in no particular order – of Arkansas, South Carolina, Georgia, Nebraska, Auburn and Nebraska.

"Florida is no longer in it as I took them out," Lamin said. "I am trying to decide whether to take my visit next week to Nebraska or Auburn. Both are suppose to call me on Monday. Right now I am thinking it is going to be Nebraska because I haven't been there, but I did go to a camp at Auburn.".

"Then I am going to take my last official visit to Tennessee," Lamin said. "I want to try and fit that in before practice starts."

If he does get all five official visits in, then he plans to make his decision public.

"That's what I would like to do," Lamin said. "If I get to see all five places, then I could get it out of the way and then not have to worry about recruiting during the season."

Lamin had earlier told South Carolina writers that the Gamecocks were his frontrunner.

"I don't want to say that I have a leader now," Lamin said. "Arkansas is up there, South Carolina is up there. I guess I could say I have two leaders, but you can't really have two leaders."

South Carolina is telling him he could be the guy to follow in the footsteps of current star defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.

"They are not trying to say that I am as good as him or we play the same way, but that I have that same type swag that he does," Lamin said. "I could be that guy next year when he goes on to the league. But I also could be that guy and bring that swag to Arkansas. We'll just have to see."

Coach Bielema worked on Lamin to make it a move from Fayetteville, S.C., to Fayetteville, Arkansas.

"Distance is something to factor in, but Coach Bielema talked to about that and how it should not be that big a deal at this time in my life," Lamin said. "We play all over the SEC and all my games would be on TV so my mom can see them. That makes a lot of sense."





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