Taking his second official visit to the University of Wisconsin in the last two years, former Virginia Beach (VA) Bishop Sullivan Catholic receiver Jamil Kamara says the Badgers are everything he is looking for in a college.
Now he has to wait to see if his academics are enough to get him in the door.
“I’m waiting on the academic people,” Kamara told BadgerNation. “Won’t know till (next week).”
Wisconsin’s academic standards have been a hot topic of recruiting over the past two years, as former head coach Gary Andersen accepted verbal commitments from a number of recruits, only to turn them away late because they couldn’t pass UW’s high admission standards.
Kamara reported approximately a 2.55 grade point average during his only year in Virginia.
The 6-2, 210-pound receiver has not hidden the fact that the Badgers are his school of choice to transfer to. Wisconsin originally finished runner-up to Kamara out of high school, as the former four-star recruit decided to play close to home for Virginia.
After being hardly used his first year, Kamara re-opened the recruiting process and the Badgers became the top school, thanks also in part to the fact that new head coach Paul Chryst and members of his current heavily recruited Kamara when they were at Pittsburgh. The Panthers finished third in the running.
He will have to sit out the upcoming season, per NCAA transfer rules, and will have three years of eligibility remaining starting in the 2016 season. Kamara sees himself as an instant contributor for Wisconsin considering Alex Erickson – UW’s leading receiver last season – will graduate after the upcoming season.
“Their offense is really effective,” Kamara said. “They are a good school which is also good academically. They said I could play a playmaker for 2016.”
A former four-star recruit who was ranked the No.28 receiver and the No.146 overall prospect in the country by Scout.com, Kamara was named first-team Virginian-Pilot All-Tidewater and private school all-state after grabbing 69 receptions for 1,399 yards and 23 touchdowns. He helped lead Bishop Sullivan Catholic to a 12-0 record and a VISAA Division II state championship.