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No. 4 DE Malcolm Lamar returns to Gainesville and once again praises Florida, but two other SEC schools in the mix for Lamar.

Malcolm Lamar returned to Gainesville for junior day on Saturday. Scout's No. 4 defensive end says Florida felt like home and the visit helped the Gators move among the top. However, two other SEC schools remain in the mix.

Malcolm Lamar is no stranger to Florida. Scout's No. 4 defensive end is a frequent visitor to The Swamp, and on Saturday, Lamar once again found himself in Gainesville. 

"I felt at home. It was great," said the four-star defensive lineman after his junior day visit to UF. "It's not the same every time I come here. I love it." 

Back in November, Lamar told FightinGators.com that the Gators were standing out early. After this visit, he was hesitant to name an overall leader, but was not shy about his praise. 

"They are among my top schools," he said. "I like the way they practice. It's fast paced. I like it because my high school we practice pretty fast; we are pretty physical. We get really into it before we even stretch and thats how they practice - so I'm used to it." 

This visit was a chance for Lamar to see defensive line coach Chris Rumph in action. 

"He doesn't yell, well I mean he talks really loud," Lamar joked, "but he is not a type of coach that gets in your face and really yell. He coaches you up...He sees this as the place for me and that he really wants to coach me."

Although Florida ticked plenty of boxes for the Armwood playmaker, two other SEC programs remain firmly in the mix for Scout's No. 34 player in the country: Alabama and Tennessee

"With Alabama,  first how good they are [stands out]. I want to be in a winning program. Also the way they treat their players. They get treated real nice," he said.

Lamar recently visited the Crimson Tide a month ago, however, because it was during spring break he was not able to see the team in action. 

"I would like to go back and see their practice," he said. 

Meanwhile the Vols left a lasting impression after he visited Tennessee for a home game last fall. 

"I went to one of their games and their fan base is great," he said.  "When they played Florida they were losing but their fans were still in the game but they actually won. They have a purpose in playing for the fans and family and friends." 

Lamar has no other visits planned and does not expect to make a decision any time soon, aiming for a commitment on National Signing Day. 

"If I can see myself live there for the next four years of my life [then it's a school I'm considering]," he said.  Want to "make sure it is easy for my family to come to my games and my friends to come to my games." 


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