Recruiting Blog - 5/22

Offers continue to go out to JUCO prospects across the country. One player, Fort Scott DT Abu Lamin, has recently become one of the fastest rising stars this year as he recently received his eighth offer and more schools are likely to follow suit very soon...

Fort Scott DT Abu Lamin - Lamin recently received offers from South Carolina and Nebraska and on Tuesday night, shortly before he turned out the lights, Auburn also extended an offer his way. Those three schools added their name to his growing list of suitors that also includes Arizona State, Arkansas, Ball State, Southern Miss and Texas Tech with schools like Washington, Oregon State and Florida also picking up the pace as well. Lamin redshirted in 2012, so he's a bit of an unknown quantity at this point, but you can't argue with his ideal size (6-5, 315) or his outstanding athleticism as he's able to play end or tackle, depending on the need and scheme. Expect Lamin to take one or two visits before the start of the season and two or three during the season before he makes his decision.

Fort Scott OT Kareem Are - Are is another player on the verge of blowing up right now as he's got an offer from Florida State and has seen his stock rise among schools like Arkansas, Kentucky and Connecticut recently. Are has the ability to play almost anywhere along the line of scrimmage, but with his long arms and quick feet, he's a perfect fit at tackle and will be keeping pass-rushers at bay from the left side of the Greyhounds' line this fall.

CCSF DE Benjamin Egbudiwe - Egbudiwe is another player who hails from Sweden (the Rams have several this season). He's still a bit raw, but you just can't coach his size (6-4, 270) or his athleticism. He's got schools like Arizona State, Colorado, Cal, Wyoming, Western Kentucky and Sacramento State looking at him and it wouldn't surprise anyone if he had a handful of offers before summer.

Citrus OT Byron Smith - At 6'8", Smith is one of the tallest OL prospects out there this season. He sat out the 2012 season and looks ready to go after putting on some weight. This spring has been telling for Smith as he's been contacted by several schools from the Pac 12, the Mountain West and the WAC.

Laney CB Jamal Mayo - Missouri became the first to offer Mayo who is a rising star in recruiting circles right now. The talented corner is super-quick and he recently posted personal bests in the 40 (4.49) and vertical (37-inches). Last season Mayo posted 24 tackles, five interceptions and eight passes defensed for Laney.

Modesto QB TeeJay Gordon - Expect Gordon, who completed 64.2% of his passes (208 of 324) for 2,771 yards, 23 touchdowns and eight interceptions while also rushing for 286 yards and five more scores as a freshman in 2012, to be one of the JUCO quarterbacks that draws attention from several schools this summer. He's a bit on the small side, measuring in at 6-0 and weighing 185 pounds, but he's super-accurate, he's got great mobility and he's a very good leader, something that cannot be overlooked when assessing signal-callers.

Hutchinson DE Carnell Simon - Simon had a great season as a freshman in 2012, posting 28 tackles, nine tackles-for-loss and five sacks. He's got the size and athleticism teams are looking for off the edge and this spring schools like Arizona State, Cal, Baylor, Kentucky, North Carolina State, Oklahoma State and Northern Illinois have all made it known they are looking at him.

Pasadena OG Raul Martinez - Martinez hauled in his third offer recently as Cincinnati joined Utah State and Western Kentucky as schools that have extended full rides to the talented lineman. He's big and physical and his coaches say that several more schools could be close to offering as well.

Georgia Military DE Davonte Lambert - Lambert is probably the top recruit at GMC this year as he's already received offers from schools from across the country including Arkansas, Cincinnati, Florida, Georgia, Miami, Mississippi State, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas Tech and West Virginia among others. Expect him to haul in even more as we wind down the spring evaluation period as teams are looking for prospects with his size and athleticism.

East Mississippi DE Jimmie Gipson - Gipson is just now starting to gain some looks from FBS programs including North Texas, Kent State, Troy, Memphis, South Alabama, UAB and Western Kentucky. He had a solid freshman season in 2012, posting 29 tackles, two sacks and two tackles-for-loss.

Tyler DE Will Coleman - Coleman looks to be the real deal for the Apaches and has already garnered two early offers -- Kentucky and Memphis -- and interest from the likes of Akron, Houston, Louisiana Tech, San Diego State, South Florida, Southern Miss and Utah State. He posted 18 tackles, one sack and three tackles-for-loss as a freshman in 2012 and promises to be one of the top recruits from the SWJCFC this season.

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