Saturday, January 4, 2014
Scout's Take: Jamil Kamara to Virginia
By Tom Luginbill
The Virginia Cavaliers already have a pair of five-star prospects in their 2014 recruiting class, and they added an ESPN 300 wide receiver in Jamil Kamara (Virginia Beach, Va./Bishop Sullivan) during Saturday's U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
What will Kamara mean to UVa? Let's break it down:
What he brings: Kamara has the size and strength to be a physical presence on the outside. While lacking elite top-end speed, he has the ability to create some separation because of his physical stature and technique as a route-runner. Shows some versatility to play on the outside and at times in the slot. Will not shy away from contact and can make a tough catch in traffic. Is more of a straight-line runner, but he flashes some lateral and change-of-direction ability.
How he fits: Virginia’s offense is more of a conventional system that relies on a shorter, underneath passing game to backs and tight ends, and it is not the ideal fit for Kamara at this time. However, we project that with his signing, offensive coordinator Steve Fairchild might utilize a more pro-style attack that goes downfield to take advantage of Kamara’s size and ball skills on the perimeter.
Reminds us of: Nebraska's Kenny Bell. Kamara might already have more size than a leaner Bell did coming out of high school, but he reminds of us the current Cornhuskers receiver, who possesses big hands and has one-on-one mismatch potential.
Prediction of performance: Virginia’s lack of firepower on the outside was evident this season. We expect Kamara to come in and make an immediate impact as a down-the-field possession receiver.
How this class is shaping up: Mike London is on his way to landing a top-20 class. He’s doing a great job securing the state’s top players as Kamara joins five-star defensive tackle Andrew Brown (Chesapeake, Va./Oscar Frommel Smith) and safety Quin Blanding (Virginia Beach, Va./Bayside). The class is filling needs on defense and also includes good acquisitions up front along the offensive line.