Phil Kornblut

Lamin found much to like at USC, has Gamecocks No. 1

Abu Lamin, a defensive tackle signee from Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College and an early enrollee.
Abu Lamin, a defensive tackle signee from Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College and an early enrollee.

Defensive lineman Abu Lamin of Fort Scott Junior College in Kansas is now South Carolina's to lose after hosting him for an official visit over the weekend.

Lamin visited Florida the previous weekend and favored the Gators after that trip. The Gators, however, picked up a couple of defensive line commitments and that, combined with what he experienced in Columbia, has Lamin now singing the praises of the Gamecocks.

"South Carolina is my number one right now," Lamin said Sunday afternoon. "It's not like I'm scared of competition, but that's not the deal the Florida coaches had with me. I'm not completely worried about all that, but Florida is my number two and South Carolina is my number one. I can come in there and made an immediate impact with some great players."

Lamin was hosted by defensive end Chaz Sutton and spent a lot of time with defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. Lamin said while he enjoyed everything, he didn't consider committing on the visit.

"I can tell this is my kind of place, my kind of vibe back in the Carolinas," the Fayetteville, N.C., native said. "Me and coach [Deke] Adams talked about everything, and he knows where I stand. And I kicked it with coach [Lorenzo] Ward a lot. We definitely bonded. Everything coach Adams has told me has been nothing but the truth. I like the state of South Carolina, and to be back home and have all the connections that everybody can come watch you play from back home is a great thing."

Lamin said he will be back home in early July and might try to visit USC again with his mother.

Another highlight of the visit for him was about a 30-minute meeting with Steve Spurrier in his office at the stadium.

"He was a funny guy," Lamin said. "He told me South Carolina wants me. They want to see me play there. I'm from the Carolinas and they think I can make an immediate impact. I loved everything coach Spurrier was telling me."

Lamin also checked out the facilities, the campus and the dorms.

Lamin has three more official visits he can take. He is scheduled to visit Arkansas on July 19 and is also looking at Arizona State, Georgia, Tennessee, Nebraska and Auburn. He hopes to make a decision by the end of summer but if not, then during his bye week this season.