Sulaiman Kamara, defensive lineman from Hermitage High School in Richmond, Va. is seeing his recruitment explode after a prolific junior season. He has picked offers from all across the Atlantic Coast Conference and new schools continue to express interest almost daily.
ECU joined the party and offered Kamara in January. His offer list boasts primarily North Carolina schools including Duke, UNC Chapel Hill, Wake Forest and UNC Charlotte. Other schools to recently extend offers to him are Penn State, Virginia, Marshall, James Madison and Old Dominion.
With so much interest, it will be a process before Kamara makes his decision and he has a long year ahead filled with visits in order to narrow his list. ECU is a school he will devote some of his time to get to know.
“I know ECU has a great team,” said the 6-foot-2, 275-pound Kamara. “I’m still doing my own research about the program, but a lot of people talk about how it’s a good school with a good football team. I’m definitely trying to get down there soon to check it out.”
The Pirates have interest in Kamara playing defensive end. In his mind, there isn’t a position on the defensive line he can’t play. He is an extremely versatile defensive player that has also spent time at standup linebacker. Kamara mentioned he constantly watches videos of National Football Leagues stars like J.J. Watt and Ndamukong Suh in order incorporate things into his game.
Last season Kamara played big for Hermitage. He recorded eight sacks and 108 tackles earning him All-conference defensive player-of-the-year and All-metro defensive player-of-the-year.
Despite the accolades, Kamara believes senior year has more in store if he continues to work.
“I’d like to improve on my speed and technique of getting off the snap,” said Kamara. “Next season I want to help take my team to a state championship. We lost in the third round of the playoffs last year. “
For now, Kamara is taking in the recruiting process. He mentioned he isn’t buying into the hype and focusing on himself despite new interest from top tier programs like Florida State, Clemson and Arizona. N.C. State is also another school expressing interest.
A narrowed down list of top schools isn’t coming anytime soon for Kamara, but he does plan on spending his spring and summer taking visits to schools interested.
“I definitely want to visit Penn State and I have to see ECU,” he said. “I’m going to also try and check out Clemson, Notre Dame and Boston College. I would like to get back up to Michigan State and maybe Michigan too.”