Phil Kornblut

July 29, 2013

Lamin makes his commitment: 'It feels really good'

Defensive lineman Abu Lamin of Fort Scott Junior College (Kansas) committed to South Carolina on Monday.

Defensive lineman Abu Lamin of Fort Scott Junior College (Kansas) committed to South Carolina on Monday.

"I'm officially committed to the University Of South Carolina TURN UP," he announced on Twitter.

Lamin (6-4, 305) made an official visit to Nebraska on Thursday through Saturday, and he picked up an offer from Alabama on Saturday. Yet, Lamin on Saturday night said that South Carolina remained his clear favorite.

And Monday, he made his pledge to the Gamecocks. The native of Fayetteville, NC chose USC over Florida, Arkansas, Nebraska and Alabama.

"It feels really good, especially going back to the Carolinas," Lamin said. "To me that's what it's all about, being back home, being able to play for some great coaches and being part of a great defense."

He was recruited by defensive line coach Deke Adams and is the second defensive tackle to join the 2014 class in the last few days. Defensive lineman Taylor Stallworth of Mobile, Ala., committed to South Carolina on Saturday.

Lamin called defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward with the news, and he knows Ward and defensive line coach Deke Adams have big plans for him.

"They want me to replace Kelsey Quarles," Lamin said. "I know I have to go in there and compete. Nothing is handed to you. Replacing Kelsey Quarles, that's the plan. They see me coming in and playing immediately.

Lamin will enroll in January and have three seasons of eligibility.

Rivals and 247Sports rate Lamin a four-star prospect. He is the No. 2 junior college defensive tackle prospect in this class, according to 247Sports.

"I love pass rushing, especially interior," he said. "I stuff the run. One of the great attributes I see I can bring is getting upfield and getting after the quarterback."

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