Camara to Perform at Maryland Camp

LB Ousmane Camara has the Terps ranked high and hopes his camp performance will earn him an offer.

Ousmane Camara does not have an offer from the Terrapins, but he believes that his performance at Maryland's camp this weekend will be enough to convince the Terrapins to offer the Bay Shore Senior product a spot in their 2013 recruiting class.

“Maryland said they have a very high interest in me,” Camara said.

The 6-foot-3, 240-pound linebacker from Bay Shore, N.Y. has the Terps ranked high on his list of college destinations. He said he enjoyed his trip to College Park in the spring on an unofficial visit and said the campus “looked like somewhere [he] would want to be.” He also got a look at the Terps football program on the field in their 56-45 homecoming loss to the then-ranked No. 8 Clemson Tigers.

“They play very hard,” said Camara. “I liked the uniforms too. They were something that attracted me to them. I like Maryland a lot. It's an up-and-coming program and they're doing a good job getting set up.”

Camara has been in touch with the coaching staff at Maryland and said he talks to them a lot. He has been communicating with Keith Dudzinski, the inside linebackers coach, the most, according to Camara.

With his size, Camara is not only being recruited as a middle linebacker, where he feels most comfortable playing, but also as a defensive end or as a defensive tackle. While he recognizes his speed to be an issue that he has been working on this off-season, Camara lists his physicalness as one of his greatest strengths as a defender. He looks up to Manti Te'o, the inside linebacker from Notre Dame, whom Camara feels a strong similarity with.

“I feel like, like me, he's really big,” Camara said. “He's smart and he's very physical. I'm very physical. I can play downhill. And I'm very smart when it comes to figuring out my reads and stuff.”

Camara said that he should have no problem fitting into any defense. At Bay Shore Senior, he mostly played in a base 3-5 formation while also running some plays out of the 3-4 depending on the situation, according to Camara. In his junior season, Camara had 105 tackles and five sacks in nine games, he said.

Wherever he ultimately ends up, Camara wants it to be a program that is a good family program, has strong academics and feels comfortable to him. He holds offers from Buffalo, James Madison, Purdue, and Stony Brook and has visited Connecticut, Rutgers and Temple, but if Maryland decides to offer him after his camp performance this weekend, the Terps “would be right up there,” according to Camara.

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