November 13, 2008

JUCO safety lines up visits, names favorite

Emmanual Lamur, like lots of kids from Florida, grew up dreaming of playing football in the Southeastern Conference.

Two years after leaving West Palm Beach, Fla., Lamur's dream just might be on the verge of coming true, even in the path to Saturdays in the SEC took a bit of a circuitous route.

Lamur, a 6-foot-5, 218-pound free safety at Independence (Kan.) Community College, has lined up three visits to be taken over the next few weeks, but one school in particular has moved to the lead in the race for his signature.

Lamur, who earned second-team all-KJCAA honors after recording 45 tackles and one interception this season, will visit Kansas State this weekend, Arkansas on Dec. 5 and Ole Miss on Dec. 12. Lamur will have three years of eligibility remaining _ he played one season and redshirted another at Independence _ and he could report to his school of choice in January if he can complete one online course in time. That school of choice right now appears to be Ole Miss.

"My interest is now in Ole Miss, really," Lamur said. "I like the program and I like the SEC. I like the way the SEC plays hard and it's a good school. I will see after the visit and after I look at their academic program."

Independence coach David Ward said Ole Miss made a strong move for Lamur recently when Rebel tight ends/special teams coach James Shibest, the former head coach at Butler County (Kan.) Community College, made a recruiting run through Kansas last week.

"I think right now, he's probably leaning to Ole Miss," Ward said. "He has over visits set up, but he's leaning to Ole Miss. He likes the opportunity to play in the SEC and Coach Shibest is always a great person and Coach (Houston) Nutt is as well. I've known them since they were at Arkansas and they do a great job on recruiting."

Lamur said Ole Miss likes his combination of size and speed (4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash), but most of all, the Rebels like Lamur's versatility.

"I get to the ball and I try to make big plays," Lamur said. "I'm a sideline to sideline guy. Coach (Shibest) said I could play free safety, strong safety or be a rover or an outside linebacker. He said I could play more than one position. He likes that."

Ward agreed, saying that he believes Lamur's future is likely as a 235-240-pound outside linebacker.

"He's long, rangy and strong," Ward said. "He plays with a lot of intensity. He's a big striker. Several people have talked about moving him to linebacker. He runs well enough to be a safety, but he'll probably move to linebacker. I think he will be with that move and it will fit him."

Ward said Lamur has carried a grade-point average in the 3.5 range and is "a great young man. I've never had a single issue with him in his two years here. He's very studious. He's just a great kid who always has a smile on his face."

Lamur has also picked up heavy interest from Kansas and Ohio University.

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