Camara picks Arkansas

Cedar Hill, Texas kicker Eduardo "Eddie" Camara (5-8, 155) becomes Arkansas' second commitment of the day and eighth of the class of 2010.

The University of Arkansas football program had a two-for-one special Wednesday.

Just hours after Heber Springs running back Braylon Mitchell announced his intentions to play for the Razorbacks, Cedar Hill, Texas, kicker Eduardo Camara (5-8, 155) did the same; becoming the eighth Arkansas commitment in the class of 2010.

"I like the coaches and the atmosphere, and it's close to home," Camara said from the Chris Sailer Top 12 Kicking Camp in Los Angeles. "The coaches have talked to me about playing right away. I do everything; kickoffs, fields goals, extra points. With (current Arkansas kicker) Alex Tejada being a senior, if I don't beat him out I'll do kickoffs and he'll do field goals and everything else.

"The campus and facilities are real nice. I saw the design of what they're doing with the locker rooms and everything new. It all looks awesome."

Part of the renovations also includes a new artificial playing surface inside Reynolds Razorback Stadium, the same surface Camara plays on at Cedar Hill. Camara - who goes by "Eddie" - is the first commitment for new Arkansas special teams coordinator John L. Smith after the veteran head coach returned to the game in January.

"Coach Smith is awesome," Camara said. "I really like him. He's funny and outgoing, and jokes around a lot. He's a cool guy.

"He knows what he's talking about, too. I know he can help me go to the next level."

As a junior Camara hit 12 field goals, half of which came from longer than 40 yards. Like Mitchell, he was offered a scholarship at the Bobby Petrino Camp in June and decided to commit before a trip to his birthplace of Brazil on Friday.

It was there Camara learned Capoeira, a type of rhythmic martial arts. He attributes it to contributing to his big leg.

"I did it for two years," Camara said. "All we did was stretch and work on flexibility. It helped a lot."

Like most Brazilians, Camara is also an avid soccer fan. It was on the soccer fields he was discovered in Cedar Hill by a pair of high school football coaches.

"They just asked me to come in and kick," Camara said. "My coaches helped me a lot in football. Soccer helps a lot, too. It's helped me with my leg strength, my swing and my approach kicking the ball."

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