Lamin says he almost committed to Florida

It’s only June but this past weekend the Gators hosted not one but two official visitors on campus and both were defensive lineman.

One of those prospects was Fort Scott (Ks.) Fort Scott Community College defensive tackle Abu Lamin who enjoyed his time at Florida.

“It was a great weekend and I had a great time,” Lamin said. “I was hosted by Damien (Jacobs) and Trenton (Brown) and both of those guys are real cool guys. Damien is going to have a chance to move onto the league after this year but I would love to play with him in college and hopefully I’ll get the opportunity to play with Trenton next year.”

While on his visit the 6-foot-5, 315-pound Lamin said he came close to committing to Florida several times but one thing held him back.

“If my mom was with me I would have probably already committed,” Lamin said. “But I was on the edge of committing several times when I was with coach (Will) Muschamp. Florida is definitely my number one school and everything I heard and read about Florida was true. Florida is a smaller NFL team everything they do gets you ready for the league from the facilities to the weight room to the coaches.”

Lamin says he plans to return to Florida in July with his mom in tow but he hopes that his mom and Muschamp can talk soon.

“Coach Muschamp said he is going to talk to my mom soon,” Lamin said. “So they’re planning to either have a phone conversation or a skype conversation. But she is excited to meet him and I just want to show her what’s up with Florida and everything in July.”

When Lamin and Muschamp sat down for their meeting the message was simple and clear from Florida’s head man.

“He told me he needed me and that I impressed everyone on the coaching staff,” Lamin said. “He said they have a high need for defensive tackles and that I will have a great opportunity to play early here. He said that he can develop defensive lineman and tackles and that he’s the head coach and a defensive guy. It’s good to have the head coach in your corner and have him in the defensive meetings especially since he has been in the NFL already.”

Next up for Lamin is an official visit to South Carolina next weekend.

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Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.