In line with Rutgers' strategy of recruiting bigger linemen before moving into the B1G, Kyle Flood offered 6'6" 260 lb. Brooklyn, NY D-lineman Kamaal Seymour on an unofficial visit yesterday, and the big guy committed this morning.
Check out Kamaal's highlight tape, which shows him consistently getting to the QB up the middle, despite frequent double teams. Kamaal is a former basketball player, so he has good agility for his size.
Todderick Hunt caught up with Seymour, who provided some detail on his commitment:
"I feel its a great program and they have a good team," he said. "They also have a great educational program. They told me their graduation rate for the football team is 89 percent. That really caught my attention."
Rutgers has built some depth at D-Line of late, so it will probably be a few years until Seymour hits the field, giving him time to put on 30 pounds or so of functional mass and master the art of using leverage to shed blockers. That is not an uncommon critique for young guys with hoops backgrounds, where its a foul to use one's hands to gain space.
"They said I'm a great player," said Seymour. "I can get the job done, but details like working with my hands and staying low, I need to work on in order to become an even better player."
Seymour's recruiting has been somewhat under the radar, but Coach Flood and his staff have never been shy about offering kids they think are underrated according their own talent evaluations, which has paid off in the past with gems like Kemoko Turay, Sebastian Joseph Day, Eric Wiafe, and Pete Mokwuah (who decommitted for ND, but fits the pattern). Say want you want about Kyle Flood as a recruiter, but evaluating and finding talented players from schools off the beaten path is clearly one of his strengths, and DL Coach Jim Panagos is shaping up as a top-flight recruiter. Seymour could be another great scouting job by Rutgers, which plucked him from an under-recruited school before other programs got onto him.
Congrats and Welcome to the Banks Kamaal!
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