Juco Defensive Tackle Has Auburn In Top Five

Junior college defensive tackle Abu Lamin discusses his offer from Auburn and why the Tigers are in his top five at the moment.

Fort Scott, Kan.—Already one of the top junior college defensive tackle prospects in the country despite redshirting his first season at Fort Scott, 6-5, 300 Abu Lamin has seen his recruiting take off as teams see the upside with him having three seasons left to play on the next level. Already with offers from Arkansas, Arizona State, Nebraska, Texas Tech, South Carolina and Southern Miss early in the process, two more SEC schools jumped on board recently as Auburn and Tennessee joined the list.

Growing up in Fayetteville, N.C. and familiar with the Southeastern Conference, Lamin says getting an offer from Auburn was definitely a big thing for him knowing the history of the program and of the SEC in general.

"I remember the national championship year and the years before that," Lamin tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "Auburn produces great athletes. That's just point-blank proven. Last year they didn't have such a good year and with the firing of the coach and all that, but they on the rebuilding path and trying to work their way up to the national championship. That's what I like to hear."

Being recruited for the Tigers by defensive line coach Rodney Garner, Lamin says the two have a good relationship already and he likes that Auburn needs help next season at the position.

With plenty of offers to choose from already, Lamin says that he's currently working with a top five as the summer approaches and he prepares to play following a redshirt year in 2012. Planning to be a December graduate, he only has a few months before making a final choice.

"My top five is Arkansas, Arizona State, Auburn, South Carolina and Tennessee," Lamin notes. "I definitely want to find a place I can play two years or three years and have a home."

The nation's top football conference, the SEC is definitely becoming more and more of a draw for prospects from around the country. With the success the league is having both on the field and at the next level in the NFL, Lamin says there is no question that's on his mind as he begins to try to narrow things down and make a decision.

"Just getting to play in the SEC is my main thing," Lamin says. "They really send a lot of great talent to the league. That's a plus for me really, a real big plus. That's the number one thing for me because of the talent level in football."

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