Kamara Keeps Pitt Near the Top

Virginia Beach (VA) Bishop Sullivan Catholic wide receiver Jamil Kamara has narrowed it down to a top five – or so he thinks. He's looking to take all five official visits this season, but right now there's only one trip marked down on this senior wide out's calendar.

Virginia Beach (VA) Bishop Sullivan Catholic wide receiver Jamil Kamara went from over 25 offers to now a "final five" of Michigan State, Pittsburgh, Vanderbilt, Virginia and Wisconsin.

Kamara also has two other schools on his radar, Old Dominion and Miami. He originally had Old Dominion, Pittsburgh, Vanderbilt, Virginia and Wisconsin as his top five, but Michigan States' now in and Old Dominion is knocked out of the coveted top five.

Now, the senior wide out is currently reserving any free space on his calendar to plan his official visits. Kamara plans on getting his list down to a top three at the end of this season so his final visits are crucial to the young recruit.

The 6-2, 205-pound Kamara is looking to visit Michigan State, Pitt and Virginia. He's also considering either making a trip to Miami or Old Dominion, but has yet to decide between the two. Kamara does have one visit set in stone – Wisconsin on October 12.

"It's when UW plays Northwestern," Kamara told Panther Digest. "It's one of their bigger games so I figured it would be a good time to go. The coaches said it would be a good game to come for and that it would be pretty packed. I'm expecting a great atmosphere and to have a good time. I can't wait."

Kamara – currently a four-star athlete is ranked as the No. 20 wide receiver in the country by Fox Sports Next – is eager to start taking his official visits. But what the senior wide out is most eager about is moving up to the college level and getting the opportunity to contribute early.

Kamara's top five include Pittsburgh and Wisconsin, because of what they both can offer that other schools can't – a chance to play as a freshman. The Badgers top receiver, redshirt senior Jared Abbrederis, will be leaving after this season, which gives Kamara a chance to step in and compete right away. Pitt also has one of their main targets, redshirt senior Devin Street, exiting after this season, and again Kamara could potentially be next in line.

"Wisconsin said I could come in and possibly start as a freshman, and Pitt said the same thing that I could come in and play early just like Tyler Boyd did as a freshman this year," said Kamara. "That's the biggest factor for me, to play early so that's why Pitt and Wisconsin are still in my top five."

Kamara's official visit to Pittsburgh has yet to be decided, but the wide out has actually already taken an unofficial trip to Oakland this past July. Kamara was most impressed with the Pitt facilities and the Panthers neighbors, the Pittsburgh Steelers. He's looking forward to getting back, because he never had the chance to see Heinz Field. It's more than just the NFL factor that draws Kamara to Pittsburgh, but it's also the ties he has to the Steele City.

"I'm from Pennsylvania and I have family in Pittsburgh so that's another thing that draws me to that particular school," said Kamara. "Coach Bobby Engram and I have a really good relationship so that's also a huge factor. My cousin is in Pittsburgh and the rest of my family lives in Pennsylvania, and it would be nice to be closer to them."

Head coach Paul Chryst and Engram are pulling out all the stops to get the athlete, including using the staff's former ties to Wisconsin.

"Pitt mentioned that most of their coaches obviously use to be at Wisconsin," said Kamara. "They sent me some older video clips and showed me they have run that same offense before. It was pretty cool to watch them."

Kamara will be heading to Madison on October 12, and until then Pitt fans will have to hold their collective breathe hoping the Panthers can make a lasting impression and locked down the four-star wide receiver.

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