Mike's Take: New DL commit

The University of Miami just landed a commitment from Butler, JC defensive line prospect Ufomba Kamalu. CanesTime's Mike Bakas takes a closer look at him as a prospect.

Ufomba Kamalu committed to the Miami Hurricanes over the weekend while on an official visit to the school. Kamalu landed a scholarship offer from the Miami coaches during the visit, and it didn't take him long to accept the offer.

At 6-foot-6 and 280 pounds, Kamalu played his high school football at Star Mills High in Fayetteville, Georgia. After his high school carer ended, he went off to a Junior College. Kamalu then really put his name on the recruiting map as a redshirt freshman this past season.

Playing mostly defensive end, Kamalu finished the season with 54 tackles, 7.5 sacks, and three caused fumbles.

The son of Nigerian immigrants, Kamalu was born in the U.S. but spent a lot of his childhood in Nigeria. He returned to the U.S. in 8th grade and then started playing football when he entered high school.

He has a huge frame. He's already 280 pounds, and seems to have the frame to add a lot more weight. He could end up being a 320-pound kid down the road, while keeping his athletic ability.

"He's well put together," Butler coach Troy Morell said about his star defender. "The thing that separates him, I think, is his flexibility. He's lean, streamline, and he's a runner. He's definitely got a long frame where he can pack on good weight."

Because of his size, Kamalu will likely move inside at the college level and play the defensive tackle position. He has a frame that's actually a lot like William Joseph, who played at Miami several years ago. He's lean, and has long arms.

One of the most impressive aspects of Kamalu's game is that he's so athletic and that he can run so well. He possesses quick feet, an explosive first step for a player his size, and the ability to get into the backfield and disrupt things.

The one thing Kamalu will need to do is add more strength, especially if he's going to move inside or become a force in the running game. That will likely come with time, especially considering his body type.

Another thing that you'll notice when watching Kamalu is how raw he is still. In many ways, he's still learning how to play the game so his techniques and things like that aren't up to speed like some other players his age who may have been playing football for longer than he has.

"Ufomba is really just learning the game," Morrell said. "He's progressing week by week."

Kamalu, who was the defensive MVP of Butler's National Title game last month, is Miami's third defensive line commitment for the Class of 2013. He joins Juco transer Devante Bond and New Jersey prep All-American Alquadin Muhammad.

Perhaps the biggest question right now is what position Kamalu, who will have three years to play three at Miami, will play once he arrives. Expect him to grow into a defensive tackle, who will provide great length, athletic ability, and long term potential.

Overall, this is a very nice commitment for the Hurricanes at a major position of need.

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