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SEC Recruiting Notebook: Gamecocks Beef Up Defensive Line

sec-recruiting-notebook-gfxSouth Carolina added to its defensive line this week when it received commitments from tackles Abu Lamin from Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College and Taylor Stallworth from Murphy High School in Mobile, Ala.

Lamin, who’s from Fayetteville, N.C., cited his strong relationship with defensive line coach Deke Adams as a reason for picking the Gamecocks.

“Honestly, Coach Adams is just a real dude,” Lamin told “He’s the realest. He really wanted to coach me. He talked with my mother and told me what he could do for me and what I can do for the program and what South Carolina can do academically.

“When I talk with Coach Adams, it’s about that family, the future, graduating. That’s what really kept me close with Coach Adams. He cares about football, but he cares about his family. He really cares and wants me to be a great man.”

South Carolina will have to continue to work in its recruitment of Lamin, who plans to graduate from Fort Scott in December. Alabama recently offered a scholarship to Lamin. He told he still plans to take a visit to Alabama.

Stallworth plans to do the same. In fact, he told GamecockCentral he will visit Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi State and Minnesota.

Still, Stallworth maintains his commitment to South Carolina is solid.

“I’ve liked South Carolina since when they first offered me,” he said. “The facilities I liked, especially the academic facilities. Everything about USC I love.”

South Carolina has 12 commitments for its 2014 class, which is ranked No. 27 in the nation by Rivals. That’s 11th-best in the SEC, although it should be noted South Carolina is tied with Florida (No. 10 in SEC) for the smallest amount of commitments for 2014.

South Carolina is hoping to add to its offense in the near future.

Wide receiver Blake Bone from Woodruff (S.C.) High School told he plans to make a decision soon. Bone, who’s ranked the nation’s No. 47 receiver by Rivals, said South Carolina is his leader ahead of Kentucky, Ole Miss and Louisville.


Fournette schedules his visits

Running back Leonard Fournette from St. Augustine High School in New Orleans has decided on four official visits.

Fournette will visit Alabama, Florida, Michigan and Southern California, his father, Leonard II, told 247Sports. Miami “is likely” to receive an official visit from Fournette, who is also strongly considering LSU.

Which school has recruited Fournette the hardest?

“Alabama is the school that recruits him the hardest,” Fournette II told 247Sports. “They are on him non-stop. (Running backs) coach (Burton) Burns, being a St. Augustine high school alumnus, wants him as much as anyone.”

And for good reason. Fournette is ranked the nation’s No. 1 running back by Rivals and has the opportunity to play for any program in the nation.

It’s not surprising that Fournette would consider Alabama, which has signed one of the nation’s top classes every year since coach Nick Saban arrived in 2007.

Alabama already has a commitment from highly-touted running back Bo Scarbrough from Tuscaloosa, Ala. That hasn’t seemed to get in the way of Fournette’s interest in the Crimson Tide.

“Alabama has a good chance with Leonard,” his father said. “He is wide open and has no favorites, but I know he likes Alabama.”

Leonard won’t be the only Fournette from St. Augustine to watch. His younger brother, Lanard Fournette, is a talented running back in the 2015 class. He’s still looking for his first scholarship offer.

“I know it would mean a lot for LSU or any school to offer my brother,” Leonard Fournette said. “I want him to make a name for himself and he is going to prove to everyone this fall he can be better than me. We have not talked about it and in my mind it does not matter where he goes, but who would not want to play with his brother? It would be one of the greatest feelings and greatest moment in my life to play with my brother at the college level.”


Cook ‘solid’ to Florida after Texas visit

Running back Dalvin Cook from Miami Central High School is still committed to Florida following a recent visit to Texas.

“I’m still solid,” Cook told ESPN RecruitingNation. “I’m still 100 percent with Florida.”

But Texas made an impression on Cook, who admitted the Longhorns “helped themselves a lot” during his trip to Austin.

“I could turn around the program and do great things with the Longhorns,” said Cook, who’s ranked the nation’s No. 4 running back by ESPN. “I was just glad to go out there and see the place for myself with my own eyes.”

While Cook has entertained interest from other schools, Florida has continued to recruit other players at his position

As noted above, Fournette plans to visit Florida this fall. Scarbrough, who’s committed to Alabama, has shown an interest in the Gators, although he canceled last week’s trip to the Friday Night Lights Camp in Gainesville.

It would still be a surprise if Cook chose any school other than Florida. His teammate at Miami Central, wide receiver Da’Vante Phillips, recently committed to Florida after hearing another pitch from Cook.

Cook is also helping the Gators recruit Homestead (Fla.) High School wide receiver Ermon Lane, who’s ranked the nation’s No. 2 receiver by ESPN.

“I text him every morning — ‘Gator Nation’,” Cook said.

That should make Gator Nation feel better.


Basketball prospect Austin chooses Tennessee

Point guard Larry Austin from Lanphier High School in Springfield, Ill., committed to Tennessee on Thursday.

“It’s a great fit and somewhere that I want to go,” he told the Knoxville News Sentinel.

Austin chose Tennessee over Kansas State, along with Missouri, Illinois, Memphis, Oklahoma State and Stanford.

Austin is Tennessee’s third commitment for the 2014 class, joining power forward Philip Cofer from Whitewater High School in Fayetteville, Ga., and shooting guard Jordan Cornish from Brother Martin High School in New Orleans.

Austin said his relationship with Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin helped him decide on the Vols.

“(Martin) texts me every morning to see how I’m doing and we just have a great relationship,” Austin said. “Not only that, but he has a great relationship with my parents as well.”

Cornish will likely take some credit as well for helping Tennessee land Austin. Cornish has been active on social media to help the Vols in recruiting.




Actually, Lamin has now stated he plans to take no more visits.

And Bone is not a take for us right now.


Everybody seems to be getting there commits early this year. For a while I thought Scar was lagging behind, but they seem to be on there normal pace. Also with a few scholarship restrictions they seem to be a little more selective then in the past. Hopefully they can land a few more big ones. Nice to see us competing, and winning against programs like bama. Scar has a lot to offer, but the big question is if we can continue this after Spurrier is gone. 


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