South Carolina had a sigh of relief Wednesday morning when four-star JUCO defensive tackle Abu Lamin made it official and signed with the Gamecocks.
Four-star JUCO DT Abu Lamin (Fort Scott, Kan./Fort Scott) has signed with South Carolina. He has three years to play three.— Gamecock News (@GamecockAlerts) December 18, 2013
Lamin has been a South Carolina commitment since July 29th after he took official visits to Florida, South Carolina, Arkansas and Nebraska over the summer. An offer from Alabama definitely put some thought in Lamin's mind shortly before committing but ultimately picked South Carolina late in the summer.
However, his recruiting wasn't done.
Tennessee would step in and make a late push in November, landing Lamin's final official visit in early November but Lamin stayed committed to the Gamecocks and followed through on his commitment all the way till today when he signed with South Carolina.
Lamin is a player who will enroll in January with South Carolina and take part in practice next spring. This will be crucial considering South Carolina is losing a players like Kelcy Quarles at the defensive tackle position. Lamin will have an immediate chance at playing time, using his 6-foot-3, 300-pound frame to fill the void left by Quarles entering the 2014 NFL draft.
While it was a fight to the finish, South Carolina out top on this talented defensive tackle.
Lamin has three years remaining to play three.