The Cincinnati Bearcats have become a perennial contender in the AAC thanks in part to an efficient offensive attack, ranking No. 1 or No. 2 in the conference for total offense in each of the last three seasons. With the news that former Virginia Cavaliers wide receiver Jamil Kamara will be transferring to Cincinnati this fall, that trend should continue in 2016.
Kamara was a four-star recruit in the 2014 class, ranking as the sixth-best prospect from the state of Virginia and the No. 123 overall recruit nationally according to Rivals. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound pass catcher played in four games as a true freshman last fall, catching just one pass for six yards. He was moving up the receiver rotation quickly this offseason, however, and was listed No. 2 on Virginia’s depth chart at wide receiver coming out of spring practice. Concerns over the team’s offensive style, though, pushed Kamara to seek a transfer.
Virginia’s loss will be Cincinnati’s gain as Kamara addresses a major upcoming need at receiver in 2016. The Bearcats’ top seven pass-catchers from 2014 are all entering their senior seasons this fall, setting up a serious void of experienced receivers heading into 2016. After sitting out the 2015 season due to NCAA’s transfer rules, Kamara will be a strong addition to the receiving corps with three years of eligibility remaining which should help offset the departure of so many veteran receivers after this upcoming season.
While Jamil Kamara did not find a comfortable fit at Virginia, he will have ample opportunity to become a featured member of the Bearcat offense in the future. Will he be able to live up to his high billing and bring a playmaking edge to Cincinnati?