They say the number one rule in real estate is location, location and location. Sometimes this proves true in college football recruiting as well. Four-star junior college defensive tackle Abu Lamin can attest to that.
Today, the 6-foot 5, 315-pounder gave his pledge to the South Carolina Gamecocks, giving them their 12th verbal commitment of their 2014 recruiting class. His reason? The opportunity to play close to home was his biggest factor.
Yes, Lamin, considered among the top JUCO defensive linemen in the country, could’ve picked schools that are even closer to his hometown of Fayetteville, North Carolina. The University of North Carolina, Duke and North Carolina State are all about half the distance as the University of South Carolina, but they all have something in common: they’re all in the ACC, not the SEC.
The opportunity to play both close to home and play in the SEC was just too much to pass up for Lamin, who is coming to USC via Fort Scott Community College (Kansas) and Gray Military Academy in Columbia (SC).
This is a huge for Steve Spurrier and the Gamecocks. Defensive tackle was a major priority heading into this recruiting cycle, and this is a great way to fill that need. Not only can the big man collapse the pocket and get up field, but he’ll also be an early enrollee, meaning he’ll have an extra six months on campus before fall camp in 2014.
Lamin could form an intriguing pairing with fellow 2014 USC commit Taylor Stallworth, another 300-pounder with offers from all over the SEC. I also wouldn’t be surprised if Lamin snags a starting spot next spring, depending on how well J.T. Surratt and Kelcy Quarles play this fall.