December 20, 2012

Lamot prepares for Wake

Mebane (NC) Eastern Alamance outside linebacker Ali Lamot will not enroll at Wake Forest early, but will join the Demon Deacons for summer school.

"I'm working out," Lamot said. "Now that football season is over I'm trying to stay in shape and working hard and prepare myself for when I actually get to Wake Forest, knowing that you're going to have to continue working hard all the time, so basically lifting weights, running, trying to just kind of further develop myself."

Lamot, who plays basketball for Eastern Alamance, has missed the last two games to rest his body and recover from the bumps and bruises of football season.

He will also run the 110-meter hurdles and the 300-meter hurdles again. As a junior Lamot advanced to the NCHSAA Class 3A state championship meet. Lamot ran the 110-meter hurdles in 15.34 seconds to finish seventh. His personal record for the 110-meter hurdles is 15.2 seconds.

Lamot, who is rated as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, recorded 101 tackles (74 solo, 27 assists), 17 sacks, 20 quarterback hurries, two pass breakups, one forced fumble and four fumble recoveries and a blocked field goal to lead the Eagles to a third round state playoff appearance and a 12-2 finish.

The 6-foot-3 and 220-pounder played defensive end at Eastern Alamance, but will move to outside linebacker when he arrives at Wake.

"In a 3-4 an outside linebacker isn't too much different and I'm very good at putting pressure on the quarterback, but I can also play the run," Lamot said.

Lamot added while pass-rushing is his strength he is confident that he will learn how to help in pass-coverage quickly under Derrick Jackson's coaching.

The Tar Heel State product added he has met Wake Forest's other outside linebacker commitments Wendell Dunn and Lance Virgile, and looks forward to playing with them.

"He [Jackson] thinks we're [Dunn, Virgile and I] a very talented group of linebackers and he thinks we should come in ready to roll," Lamot. "He told that we should definitely be prepared. He wants us to work hard."

Jackson was Lamot's primary recruiter for the Deacs.

"Since May or June me and Coach Jackson probably talk if not once a week at least once every other week or once a month and he writes me and keeps in contact," Lamot said. "We're pretty close."

The Lamot family hosted Jackson, Tim Duffie, Brian Knorr and Ray McCartney for an in-home visit Sunday, Dec. 9.

His mother prepared a tasty cuisine of fried chicken, rice, macaroni and cheese and collard greens.

"It was very nice and it was a good meal and we got to talk about a lot of football, about my future career at Wake Forest and we had a good time," Lamot said.

Lamot added Wake's close proximity to his home in Alamance County was a significant factor for him in his recruitment.

"It's also a great school and a good football program," Lamot said. "The fact that it wasn't very far away from my home just adds to the fact that I already liked the school."

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