Louisville has reached out to Arizona in an effort to locate an impact defensive end for the 2018 class. The Cardinals staff extended a scholarship offer to Arizona Western's Azur Kamara, a 6-foot-4, 225-pound pass rush specialist, on Monday.
"I'm really excited and honored to receive an offer from them and I'm highly interested," he told Cardinal Authority.
Kamara, a native of the Ivory Coast before moving to Phoenix just prior to the start of high school, and quickly learned to play football. By his senior season, he was playing on both lines, offensive guard and defensive end. During his final year of prep ball at Phoenix Central High School, Kamara had developed into a dangerous pass rusher. He registered 25.5 sacks as a senior to establish a new Arizona record. He was selected All-State and All-USA Arizona.
His ability to rush the quarterback continued during his first season of junior college ball where he recorded eight to finish sixth nationally. He also recovered four fumbles, returning two for touchdowns.
U of L assistant Chris Klenakis has been in contact with Kamara for awhile and was the one who extended U of L's offer.
"He also recruited my high school head coach 20 years ago and his a really cool guy and I like him a lot," Kamara said. "He likes my speed and he thinks I can go in there and help them with their pass rush."
Louisville's not alone in the pursuit for Kamara. Arizona, Hawaii, Iowa State, Kansas, Ohio and Tennessee have also extended offers.
Karma claims "no favorites at this point" and anticipates making his college choice "after the season."