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Gamecocks land top defensive tackle

South Carolina received huge news Monday morning when class of 2014 four-star JUCO defensive tackle Abu Lamin (Fort Scott, Kan./Fort Scott) committed to Gamecocks' defensive line coach Deke Adams.

Four-star defensive tackle Abu Lamin should be able to play early at South Carolina.

"Really it's because I'm from the Carolinas, that's one," Lamin listed as reasons for choosing the Gamecocks. "The coaches there are unbelievable. Some people, I don't think they understand how down to earth those coaches are. They like to have fun, but they're also all about work and that's what I'm all about.

"I want to go to a place that off the field, I can talk to them about anything, but on the field it's all about that work. I'm all about that right there. Another is, their facilities are just fine. I'm coming in to get work done and they have great facilities. Everything there is great. The atmosphere is great. The campus is great. That's how I feel about. I feel at South Carolina, I can do great things. I can go in there and play my two or three great years and have a chance at the league. That's the way I look at it."

The 6-foot-5, 315-pound Lamin's offer list reads like a who's who of major college football programs with tenders from Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Miami, Nebraska and Tennessee, among others.

His relationship with Adams was one of the things that put the Gamecocks over the top.

"Coach Adams, to me, he came up from Southern Miss, to UNC -- he coached Sylvester Williams, he was a JUCO guy, first round -- then now he's at South Carolina, so he reminds me just almost like myself, coming up from that struggle, just coming up. That's how I look at it," Lamin said. "Coach knows the struggles, he knows the complete struggle, he came up from a little school to UNC to South Carolina. That's how I feel. That's how I relate to him. He knows how to coach defensive tackles. He knows about JUCO defensive tackles. That's what I like."

Lamin officially visited South Carolina the weekend of June 21 and also took officials to Florida, Arkansas and Nebraska.

"I'm really firm with my commitment," Lamin said. "I know the South Carolina coaches said they're going to try to get me to a game. They're going to talk to my coaches and see if I can get to a game. As long as I can go look at a game during my bye week, that's what I really care about, and if that's to South Carolina that's to South Carolina, but my commitment to South Carolina is strong. Gamecock Nation has nothing to worry about."

Lamin, who is originally from Fayetteville, N.C. spent one season at Gray Military in Cayce, S.C. before redshirting at Fort Scott last season. His recruitment began to pick up this spring and South Carolina offered on May 22.

Lamin is on pace to graduate early and enroll in January and will have three to play three in Columbia.

"The only thing I can tell Gamecock Nation, is to be ready," Lamin said. "We're going to give them hell. Get ready. Get ready for the season. When I come in there, I'm coming in to work, get my two or three years in, and then go to the NFL and show Gamecock Nation a defensive tackle they've never seen."

Lamin is the 12th commitment to the Gamecocks' 2014 class. He's already been speaking with other South Carolina commitments about the chance to play with them.

"I know Bryson Allen-Williams. I know the defensive end Jhaustin Thomas. I know the tight end Kevin Crosby," Lamin said. "I looked at Bryson Allen-Williams' film and he's an incredible player, but just knowing that I can play with those dudes, and they're cool, and I like to play with players that are cool and relate to me, so I look at that a lot. It's all good, so that defense is going to be close together and that's what it's all about."

Lamin also took the time to reflect back on the recruiting process as he went from a lightly recruited prospect in high school to one of the top targets in the country.

"It's been crazy," Lamin said. "Back out of high school, I was supposed to go to N.C. State, it was them Miami and UNC that was looking at me, but they weren't even blowing me up, now I've gotten better, I've gotten a little bigger, I've gotten a lot stronger, a lot quicker, I've gotten faster.

"I go to JUCO and it's just like, it's my time, that's how I looked at it, like it was just my perfect timing. I'm just blessed to even have this opportunity and to have this chance. Many people don't have this chance, so I'm just so humbled with it, so blessed with it, and I'm just blessed. God blessed."

Lamin carries a rating of 92 on 247Sports and is ranked the No. 2 JUCO DT in the country and No. 12 overall JUCO prospect.

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