Irish add to potent offensive class with WR Kamara

Updated: May 10, 2006, 5:32 PM ET
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Notre Dame continued its early collection of verbal commitments Wednesday when wide receiver Duval Kamara of Hoboken, N.J., announced at a news conference at Hoboken High School his intention to sign a letter of intent with the Irish during next February's signing period.

In recent weeks, quarterback Jimmy Clausen of Westlake Village, Calif., and tight end Mike Ragone of Camden Catholic High in New Jersey announced their verbal commitments to Notre Dame.

"I think we would be naive to think that Clausen's commitment didn't have significant influence on Kamara," said Tom Luginbill, Scouts Inc.'s recruiting director. "He has been playing in a conservative, run-oriented offense, and now he has the opportunity to play with an elite quarterback in a pro-style offense with a balanced attack. Those things certainly had a significant influence on his decision."

The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Kamara, who caught 46 passes for 983 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior, had been considering Miami-Fla., Penn State, Rutgers, Connecticut and Maryland. He reportedly also had offers from USC and Florida.

"Kamara is a kid who has come on the radar in the last couple of months," Luginbill said. "He is such an imposing basketball player that people started paying more attention to his skills on the football field, as well. Some people have compared him to Dwayne Jarrett of USC, who also is from New Jersey.

"This is a very, very talented, yet raw, athlete. His best days are ahead of him. He has a wonderful blend of size, strength and deceptive speed. He is a serious red-zone threat, which is something all coaches are looking for these day."