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May 10, 2006

South Bend bound

Hoboken, N.J., wide receiver Duval Kamara committed to Notre Dame live on ESPNews on Wednesday at 5:40 p.m. ET, a decision most expected. Kamara spoke to Rivals.com about his thought process and why he made an early choice.

"I didn't plan on making an early decision," said the 6-foot-5, 209-pounder who is one of the nation's top players. "But I knew going into the process that Notre Dame was one of my favorites and after the spring game weekend, I knew it was the place for me."

Many factors led to Kamara's decision.

"It came down to getting a great education, the tradition at Notre Dame, playing for coach Weis and getting to play with the best quarterback in the nation," he said. "Jimmy Clausen and I talked at the spring game and he's a good guy and a great quarterback. That's a factor for sure, but mostly it came down to comfort, academics and just it being Notre Dame."

Kamara is the second New Jersey commitment for Notre Dame this year, joining tight end Mike Ragone.

"We talked a lot at the spring game, a lot of us did," he said. "The more top players the better. We want to win a national title."

Kamara sees his role as that of Maurice Stovall in South Bend.

"I can go deep and I can be a guy who moves the chains," he said. "My favorite receiver is Jeff Samardzjia but I think I'm more like Maurice. I can't wait to play in coach Weis' offense."

As a junior, Kamara caught 46 passes for 983 yards and 12 touchdowns. He is also a standout basketball player as well.

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