The Terps played host to about 15 to 20 recruits for their second junior day Feb. 28, and one of the headliners in attendance was rising star defensive end/tackle Sulaiman Kamara (Hermitage, Va.). The 6-foot-1, 290-pounder said he had a great time touring College Park, Md., for the fist time, meeting the coaches and taking in the Maryland-Michigan basketball game at Xfinity Center as well.
“Maryland was a great, great time. I loved it up there,” said Kamara, who holds offers from Duke, North Carolina, Marshall, Penn State, Virginia and Wake Forest. “The environment there was awesome, the campus was beautiful and the coaches were great. I was spending a lot of time talking to the defensive line coach [Chad Wilt] and the defensive coordinator [Keith Dudzinski] too. I really liked those guys and just the whole experience.”
Kamara said that he’s been in touch with his area recruiter, Wilt, for several months and the two have a close rapport. The Hermitage product has met Wilt in person before, but Feb. 28 allowed him to speak to him at length about UMD.
“I love Coach Wilt man,” Kamara said. “He’s a very enthusiastic guy and makes you feel welcome. He’s an awesome guy all-around, and we were just talking about my role if I were to go [to Maryland]. We talked about the 4-3 [scheme] and how they’re switching things up, and how he sees me as a defensive end who could move to defensive tackle if I need to.
“Coach Wilt was showing a video too of the Maryland D-line and how he coaches. He gets after it, man. Coach Wilt’s a passionate guy and gets into it. I could see myself playing for him, definitely.”
Besides chatting up the staff, Kamara, who was accompanied by his brother and his teammate, Sean Kenny, said he really liked the new facility plans he saw. He called the New Cole Field House “sweet” and said the new tunnel they’re building “absolutely sick.”
“Maryland is going to be looking real nice with those facilities,” Kamara said. “It’s going to be awesome.”
Kamara enjoyed the hoops game as well. He said Maryland’s 66-56 victory was “intense” and gave him a good idea how fans could be in College Park.
“The school spirit at Maryland is great. I loved how the fans were so into the team,” Kamara said. “I thought the game was amazing.”
While Kamara did have a great time, he was admittedly hoping an offer would materialize. It didn’t happen Feb. 28, but he suggested one might be coming in short order.
“Coach Wilt told me to give him a call in a few days, so hopefully that means they’ll be offering me when I call back,” Kamara said. “I think [the offer] is coming; they just want to go over some things as a staff first. I really hope they offer, because I liked it up there a lot.”
Kamara plans to return to College Park for a spring practice this March or April. The only visit he has set in stone, however, is a trip to Penn State March 28. Kamara had previously seen N.C. State, UMD, Duke, UNC, Virginia Tech, Virginia, PSU, Michigan State and Wake Forest.
“Right now everyone is on the same plane – no leaders yet,” Kamara said. “I mean, I really liked my visit to Michigan State; the facilities there were awesome, but no one is leading right now. I’m just riding that recruiting train right now and enjoying the process.”
Kamara does not plan to select a school until after his senior season or next winter.
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