Number three on my list of new incoming impact players is Azur Kamara, a junior DE JUCO product from Arizona Western College.
I’ve been excited to write about Kamara. Simply put—this guy is going to be a stud. It would have been something else seeing him on the opposite side of Dorance Armstrong with Daniel Wise controlling the middle. Our defensive line in 2018 would have been nasty!
But unfortunately Armstrong left for the NFL draft—which is great for him and could even be good for Kamara as he will likely be the number one DE.
What I like about Kamara is he has NFL size at 6’6 and 230 lbs. But what’s more impressive is the list of offers he had—Arizona, Arizona State, Baylor, Cincinnati, Florida State, Louisville, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Oklahoma State, Oregon and Tennessee—and yet he still chose Kansas. It’s obvious he likes a challenge and whatever he saw in the program he liked and was confident he could be a part of turning Kansas’ football fortunes around.
So what can Kansas expect from a guy like Kamara?
Although it was tough to see a key part of the Kansas football team leave early for the NFL Draft I don’t think the defense will lose much of a step with Kamara. He’s big, quick, patient and a hard worker just like Armstrong—and it shows up in his game. In two years at Arizona Western College he had 75 total tackles, 29 tackles for loss and 20.5 sacks.
And as I looked at his film I could see why he had such strong stats. I noticed he’s not only quick on the edge but he has strong moves in the middle. I also liked how patient he was especially with the run. He understands the game and knows where the ball is at all times.
Kamara is also incredibly fast for as big as he is. When he attacks the QB he’s hard to avoid and a nightmare for opposing offenses. He even made some incredible plays being on the opposite side of the field which is especially tough as a defensive lineman. And when he makes the commitment to go after a guy it’s truly a sight to see because he moves so quick. It’s almost like he’s a human heat seeking missile and his target is the ball carrier.
My fearless prediction…
Even though Kamara hasn’t made it to campus yet and didn’t get a chance to be a part of spring ball I think he’ll be starting at defensive end game one. This guy is way too talented and his work ethic is off the charts. It’s also going to be tough to keep a guy with his size and imposing ability on the sidelines. It may take him a few games to get going but once he does opposing coaches are going to have a frustrating time trying to game plan around him. I’m guessing he’ll finish 2nd on the team in sacks with at least five and he’ll end up with 20 plus tackles, and at least eight of those tackles being for a loss.