With two official visits already in the book, Abu Lamin doesn't plan on strolling through his recruitment at a leisurely pace. You won't find the usual clichés here. Lamin isn't "taking his time and staying wide open", and he certainly isn't "waiting to see who else offers." There's no quote about schools being "even", either.
A frontrunner? You bet.
At least for now, South Carolina is the odds on favorite to land the Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College standout. He has no problem putting that out there and rattling off the reasons why.
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"South Carolina is the favorite," Lamin, a four-star prospect, said on Wednesday. "Coach [Lorenzo] Ward is probably is definitely a player's coach, and I can see that. He's a complete players coach. He loves to go out on to the field and have fun. He has them playing that lights-out defense, too. Coach [Deke] Adams is a brand new D-line coach. He came from USC, and he's already coached a JUCO D-tackle to go in the first round [of the NLF Draft]. He knows what to do with us JUCO prospects. He knows how to build us up."
Lamin has taken official visits to South Carolina and Florida. Now, it's Arkansas' turn to try to unseat the front-running Gamecocks. Lamin will visit Fayetteville on July 19. The trip will be his second to Arkansas, and he's returning for a reason. According to Lamin, Arkansas has as good a chance to push South Carolina as any other program.
"Arkansas was the first one to really give me a big-time offer, so that means a lot," he said. "The fans there are crazy and the coaches are cool. They're real cool. I've already been there once, so I've seen all the facilities and everything, but I wanted to go back on an official."
Aggressive as Lamin is being when it comes to recruiting, there are still some things about which he's unsure. He has a favorite and he has a plan. Setting a timetable for a final decision, on the other hand, has given him pause.
It may come on his visit to Arkansas. It may come on an idle Tuesday afternoon. For now, Lamin says, people will have to wait and see.
"Honestly, I could tell you I want to wait to make a commitment, but it's going to happen in the moment," he said. "After this Arkansas visit, I'm gonna have two more official visits. I'm not sure where, I just know that Tennessee has one for sure."