Virginia made adding dynamic playmakers to their offense a priority during this recruiting cycle, and it's looking like the Cavaliers have landed one of the best.
According to the Washington Post, 4-star athlete prospect Jamil Kamara announced his decision to attend Virginia on Saturday:
2014 four star WR Jamil Kamara just committed to #UVa during the Army all American game. Another win for Mike London in Virginia Beach.— Cavs Journal (@CavsJournal) January 4, 2014
Like all early commitments, Kamara is only entering a verbal agreement with Virginia. He cannot officially commit until the national signing period commences in February and can decommit without penalty during that time frame.
That being said, Cavs fans certainly have cause for rejoicing. A top-flight talent at Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School in Virginia, Kamara became one of the most highly sought-after skill position players in this class.
247 Sports' composite rankings bill Kamara as the sixth-best player in his home state and No. 8 "athlete" in the nation. He received offers from a bevy of schools, and his recruitment became something of an arms race in the ACC.
By landing at Virginia, he gives Mike London's squad more than a little bragging room against his counterparts. Now it's just up to Kamara to make it worth the Cavs' while.
Though he's listed as an athlete, most project Kamara as a wide receiver at the next level. At 6'2" and 211 pounds, Kamara is already built to withstand the punishment of playing every Saturday. He's a rangy wideout with great hands and can leap above his defenders to come down with big plays. Also unafraid to take a hit—likely due to his prodigious size—Kamara grabs a ton of balls other receivers would probably alligator-arm.
Kamara's top-end speed is a bit of a concern, though. He is quick off the line and through his cuts, but there doesn't seem to be an extra gear after that initial step. That means he's probably more of a Michael Crabtree type of player in the long term—a guy who will make plays with his size and route-running strength rather than Tavon Austin-level speed.
Nevertheless, if he continues developing a physicality at the line and hones his technique—particularly at his hips—Kamara could be a major contributor as early as his sophomore season.
With the Cavaliers looking for some help offensively in this class, they're off to a strong start after landing Kamara.