Lackawanna TE Makes The Switch To Defense

After a very solid freshman season, Lackawanna's Elijah Camara (6-4, 265) made the switch from offense to defense. He's taken to the position change pretty well and he recently updated JCFootball.com about how his offseason is coming along...



Camara prepped at Reynoldsburg (Oh.) High School and was unable to qualify, so he began looking for a place to continue his football career as well as a school where he could get his academics in order.

"I had a lot of trust with the coaches here and they have had lot of successful players here," Camara told JCFootball.com recently. "They get kids moved on and I also had a great connection with connection with (Offensive Line) coach (Josh) Pardini."

As a freshman this past season, Camara played in a tight end rotation that featured two eventual D-1 players -- Julian Allen (South Alabama) and Jack Miller -- so there weren't a lot of balls to go around and wound posting meager numbers.

"We had good players all up and down (the roster at tight end), but it was fine," Camara noted. "They've moved me to defense now and I am really enjoying it. It's been a pretty natural move for me and my coaches think I can play a pretty big role this fall."

With his size and aggressive nature, Camara is sure to garner the attention of several four-year programs over the next few months, but so far, none have come calling.

"I think schools are looking for more defensive ends and this could really give me a chance to wind up at a bigger school," Camara said. "I'm working on technique, getting stronger, my upper-body strength and learning the defense and my role this offseason."

Camara is on pace to finish up his two-year degree in May of 2016 and he will have three years to play two following the 2015 football season.


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