September 24, 2012

Lamot to enroll early?

Greensboro, NC - Mebane (NC) Eastern Alamance (5-1) defensive end Ali Lamot, a commitment to Wake Forest, made six tackles and two tackles for loss in the Eagles 49-7 loss at Northern Guilford (5-0) Friday, Sept. 21.

"This season I would say [I have improved most on] playing the run," Lamot said. "From last season I was more of a pass-rusher, and now this year I'm a little bit more balanced where I can help out on the run and when they go to pass be back there too, but they [Northern Guilford] had the pass."

Lamot, who is being recruited as an outside linebacker by Wake, played AAU basketball for the North Carolina Gaters in Greensboro with UNC commitment and Northern Guilford all-purpose back T.J. Logan in middle school.

"I know him very well," Logan said. "He's just a hard-worker. He was coming downhill, and I feel like we played very well against him, because we knew he was going to be a real key to this game."

Lamot, who is capable of graduating from high school in December, said Derrick Jackson has asked him about enrolling at Wake early.

"Me and mom haven't made a decision," Lamot said. "I'm kind of leaning toward staying in high school, but whenever I come I'm 100-percent committed and ready."

"I'm fully committed to Wake Forest, and I'm excited for whenever I enroll there whether it will be next fall or whenever, but I will give you my commitment and I'm going to go out there and give my hardest whenever I play."

Jackson along with Lonnie Galloway are recruiting Lamot for the Demon Deacons.

"Coach [Lonnie] Galloway first came to Eastern [Alamance] to recruit me, and then I thought it was special that Coach Jackson took his time out to also come to Eastern and meet me personally, so that was a great step in our relationship and then I went to the football camp [Sunday, June 3] and got a feel for how he coaches and I really liked him," Lamot said. "Soon after that I made my commitment to Wake Forest [Thursday, June 14]."

"He [Jackson] just encourages me every week to go out and play my hardest. He's waiting on me to come up to Wake Forest and do the same thing."

Lamot made an unofficial visit to Wake Saturday, Sept. 8, and saw the Demon Deacons defeat the Tar Heels 28-27.

"That was a really, really an exciting game up in Winston-Salem," Lamot said. "A lot of the commits from Georgia, a guy from Virginia and it was real nice to meet these guys for the first time. A couple of the other guys that aren't committed we tried to reel them in, and the W certainly helped out."

He will return to Wake again this season.

The 6-foot-3 and 210-pounder added he is hoping Graham (NC) Southern Alamance junior athlete Johnathan Lloyd will choose Wake Forest.

Rivals.com rates Lamot as a two-star prospect.

"Ali is an outstanding player, and Wake Forest University is very lucky to get him as well as he's lucky to be going to a fine institution like that," Eastern Alamance head coach John Kirby. "He's a leader on our football team, has been since he was a freshman and he's played in a lot of big games. He's going to help our team battle back next week, and make something happen."

"I think Ali is smart, he's quick, and he makes things happen. He's just a well-rounded, outstanding young man. We're very lucky to have him on our team. Our kids flock around him just because that's the kind of guy he is. He will fit well in with Wake Forest, because he's a Wake Forest guy. He will fit in with Coach [Jim] Grobe, because that's the kind of guy he is."

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