DL Abu Lamin (6-5 310) of Fort Scott JC, KS picked up an offer from USC last week and will visit the Gamecocks this summer. Lamin is a native of Fayetteville, NC and the proximity of USC to his family is a big attraction. “South Carolina, that’s the closest to the crib,” Lamin said. “My mom could come see me play. I haven’t been home in a while. That’s a big plus.” Lamin added that the recent success of the Gamecocks, especially on the defensive side, is another appealing factor. “South Carolina is producing talent up front and the defense is playing lights out,” he said. “That’s definitely a plus to be one of the best defenses in the SEC.” Other offers for Lamin are Arkansas, Auburn, Arizona State, Nebraska, Southern Miss, Tennessee, Texas Tech and Ball State. He will visit Arkansas June 3rd and is tentatively scheduled to see Nebraska June 15th. He said he plans to visit USC but has not set the date yet. Lamin said he had a top five but he dropped it though he added he’s looking hard at USC, Arkansas, Tennessee, Auburn, Arizona State and Nebraska. Florida also recently contacted him. Lamin will make his decision around the sixth game of the season, or if he’s unable to, he’ll wait until after the season. He is a December graduate and will have three years to play three after redshirting last season. In his final season of high school ball in 2011, Lamin said he had 66 tackles with 25 for loss and 8 sacks.
WR Demarre Kitt of Tyrone, GA will announce his decision June 10th. Before then, however, he will make two visits. Kitt plans to be at Clemson Wednesday and he plans to visit Florida State June 3rd and 4th. Clemson has been listed by Kitt as one of his favorites but Florida State has not been on the list. Tennessee and Ohio State are the other two schools he has been identifying on his short list.
RB Nick Chubb of Cedartown, GA had planned to visit USC Monday but told some media Sunday he may not visit until Tuesday. Chubb was at Georgia Friday and Auburn Saturday. Those two along with USC are his finalists. Chubb plans to make his decision soon after his USC visit whether it takes place Monday or Tuesday. Also scheduled to visit USC Tuesday is OL Malik Young of Woodmont. He’s a heavy lean to USC and may commit on his visit.
Good things usually happen for Auburn’s recruiting during the annual Big Cat Weekend. This year’s edition, completed Saturday. included Gaffney’s Shaq Davidson among the visitors. Davidson did not have Auburn in his top six before the visit, but he came out of the visit saying the Tigers and Gamecocks are now tied at the top of his list with no favorite. “I wouldn’t say an order, but them two are at top,” Davidson told the AuburnSports.com. He included LSU, Ohio State, North Carolina and Florida State in his revised top six. Auburn and Florida State replaced Georgia and Notre Dame on his list. Davidson has never said when he will make his decision but he does plan to make more visits before doing so.
DE Kendal Vickers of Havelock, NC will wear orange, not garnet, and will get to the SEC sooner than he expected after developments this week led to his opportunity to join the Tennessee football program. Vickers was a late qualifier and had planned to attend Georgia Military JC this semester and then transfer to USC in January. The Gamecocks didn’t have room to add him to their 2013 class. But the Vols did and they moved in on Vickers this week. “They watched my film and wanted to get me down to take an official visit, and I did that,” said Vickers Friday night from the UT campus. “I fell in love with everything. The people are great down here. The facilities are awesome. They are up and coming I think. Everything just fell into place.” Vickers said he contacted USC recruiter Deke Adams and explained the situation. “They understand and they wished me all good luck,” he said. “They are a class act. I wanted to do it the right way because they’ve done everything good for me. They gave me a chance to get looks from a D-1 college and I can’t thank them enough for it. I will always have a special place in my heart but I had to do what’s best for me and I think I did that.”
WR Terry Googer of Atlanta Friday tweeted out an updated top five list of USC, North Carolina, Ole Miss, Miami and Vanderbilt. Googer added there is no order to his top five. He talked earlier in the day Friday with Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze. Googer last visited USC in April and he plans to visit several schools this summer and make a decision before his season.