May 10, 2006

Irish land 'role model' receiver

The next time Duval Kamara visits the middle schools in Hoboken, N.J., his message about the importance of blending academics and athletics will carry some extra staying power. Kamara, one of the nation's top wide receiver prospects, committed to Notre Dame on Wednesday morning at a press conference at Hoboken High School.

"He's a role model around here, and I can't say that about a lot of kids," said Hoboken coach Lou Taglieri. "Notre Dame is Notre Dame. You're not going to find anything better. That program, the football at Notre Dame, the Four Horsemen, wake up the echoes, 'Rudy,' this is big for Hoboken."

Kamara will go national with his college choice later today when he announces for Notre Dame on ESPNews at 5:40 p.m. His morning press conference at Hoboken included more than his coach, parents and local press, Kamara's commitment drew the school superintendent and a few board members too.

While any high school football player with offers from Notre Dame, Southern California, Penn State, Miami and Florida represents a unique talent, Kamara's draw around Hoboken extends beyond his junior stats of 46 catches for 983 yards and 12 touchdowns.

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