During his junior year, Duval Kamara (6-3, 205-pounds) only made the New Jersey Associated Press third team All-State. Six months later he is considered to be a national wide receiver prospect, as he's seen his stock skyrocket in the early part of 2006.
Duval has informed Irish Eyes that he will announce his college choice tomorrow at approximately 5:15 on ESPN. Kamara hasn't released the schools he will choose from, but he did indicate that Notre Dame is among the finalists.
Although it's too early to indicate where Kamara will be ranked nationally, Scout.com's East Coast recruiting expert Bob Lichtenfels considers Kamara one of the top five or six wide receivers in the East. He expects Duval to eventually be a four-star recruit.
"He's very good," replied Lichtenfels when asked his opinion of Kamara. "He's not polished, but he's very good. You can tell when you watch him that he's raw with his route running, but he's a big, athletic kid. He uses his body well. When he gets coached up in college he could be something special. He has a lot of potential.
"In today's offenses people like that big wide receiver that can move. He has deceptive speed. When you watch Duval he doesn't look explosively fast, but then you'll see a play where he outruns players down the field and then you see that he's a little faster than you thought."
Irish Eyes' publisher Mike Frank likes Notre Dame's chances in landing a commitment from Kamara tomorrow.
"Duvall Kamara would be quite the catch for Notre Dame if he indeed selects the Irish on Wednesday," said Frank. "He's got excellent size and great hands, and he adjusts to the ball so well. He reminds me of a slightly more athletic and shifty Maurice Stovall. He'd be a great pickup for Notre Dame. I'd be very surprised if he chose anyone but Notre Dame."
If the Irish do add Kamara on Wednesday, he will be their fifth commitment for the 2007 recruiting class and the second player from New Jersey. Tight end Mike Ragone of Camden, N.J. selected the Irish last week.
Some of the other schools that have extended Kamara a scholarship offer are USC, Florida, Penn State, Miami, Tennessee, Maryland, Virginia, Rutgers, Connecticut, Boston College, Syracuse, Minnesota, North Carolina, Iowa, Michigan and Michigan State.
As a junior, Kamara had 43 receptions for 930 yards and 12 touchdowns.