20 in 20: DT Kamaal Seymour

The 20 in 20 series is back at Scarlet Report, where we take a look at all of the newcomers for Rutgers training camp and summer workouts. We continue today with Brooklyn's Kamaal Seymour

The Rutgers and Brooklyn connection is a strong one, and Grand Street Campus defensive tackle Kamaal Seymour is about to be the next man up.

Seymour stuck with Rutgers in recruit after both Penn State and Central Florida pushed for his services. He enrolls full-time with the Scarlet Knights at the end of June.

“It’s just a special place,” Seymour told Scout. “It’s where I wanted to go.”

Seymour was an early commitment in the 2015 class after he visited the school for a spring practice with his teammates and earned an offer.

“He’s a family-oriented person,” said Grand Street coach Bruce Eugene. “The fact that he can play big-time football pretty much 45 minutes away from home is key. He can play in the Big Ten, and his mom will be at every home game. He can go get a home-cooked meal. All of that came into play.”

Seymour is a 6-foot-6, 280-pounder that will begin as a defensive tackle, but could also work as an offensive lineman for coach Kyle Flood.

“He’s a hard worker,” Eugene said. “He’s a humble kid. He’s a blank canvas. Whatever you teach him, he’s going to learn fast and he’s going to do it. He learned a lot with us and improved.”

For the Grand Street head coach, to have one player headed to Rutgers and two others heavily involved as 2016 recruits – receivers Taysir Mack and Ahmed Bah – is bonus for the program.

“I’m extremely excited,” Eugene said. “As a coach, you don’t want to be selfish but I have him 35 minutes away. I can go watch one of my guys play big-time football. I’ll be there opening day on Sept. 5 just like I’ll be there when Ohio State and the rest of them come to town.”

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