Big Defensive End Has Big Interest In Auburn

Abu Lamin talks about his road trip to check out the Auburn football program.

After spending the weekend in Auburn, juco defensive end Abu Lamin said that Coach Gus Malzahn's football team is under serious consideration for where he will play Division I football after finishing his classwork at Fort Scott, Kan., Community College in December.

Lamin is an interesting prospect because in addition to being talented and a mid-term graduate, he will have three seasons of eligibility starting with the 2014 season.

"The 14 hours to get to Auburn from Fort Scott was crazy, but it was definitely worth it," he told Inside the Auburn Tigers. "The atmosphere is great. The people are great and the coaches are amazing.

"Auburn is the kind of place where you can get stuff done and do great things," said Lamin, who watched an Auburn one-day football camp on Sunday.

Asked to describe the best part of his game, Lamin said, "It is my quickness. People just think that being a six-foot-four, 300-pound guy I am going to just try to run right through you, but I can get you with my first step whether it is a first step inside or outside. I can use that to easily beat a lineman."

"I have been working on my hands so much that they have improved a lot since I first got to Fort Scott," the big defensive end said. "I have very long arms and I use those to try to get after the quarterback as much as I can."

Lamin said he has 14 scholarship offers with one from Auburn in that bunch. "Basically every school in the SEC but Missouri, Texas A&M , Vanderbilt, Alabama and LSU have offered," he said. "LSU has been talking to me recently and I hear they are going to offer soon. I am being blessed."

Auburn was the second SEC program he has visited this summer. Previously, he checked out the Arkansas Razorbacks. "I am going to Florida on June 14th and I am going to South Carolina June 21st," he said, noting college coaches like the fact that he redshirted last fall. "When they hear that three-for-three they definitely blow up about it," he said.

Lamin originally planned to play for West Virginia, but did not qualify out of prep school and enrolled in junior college last year. Prior to that he was an All-State player at Trinity Christian School in Fayetteville, N.C.

"I played offensive line, defensive line and even a little bit of fullback," he said.

After spending time in Auburn over the weekend, Lamin said that he plans to return for an official visit. "I definitely want to come to the Auburn-Alabama game so I think I am going to wait until the end of the season to make my decision," he said.

Asked what he will be looking for when making a choice, he said, "It is important to know that the place I am going is on-board to win. I am also looking for a place where there is good academic support with tutors and all of that so I can be successful in the classroom."

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