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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.


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