The best defensive end in the state you probably never heard of is Ufomba Kamalu.
Kamula (6-foot-5, 245 pounds) has been terrorizing opponents for Starr’s Mill all season. He had five sacks in a 35-24 vcvtory over Northgate just this past weekend.
But you won’t find this athletic senior on any recruiting lists. That’s because Kamula came to Starr’s Mill in the ninth grade from Nigeria. As a result, his academics aren’t quite in order to be considered by Football Bowl Subdivision schools.
Nevertheless, one opposing coach told Starr’s Mill coach Chad Phillips that Kamalu was by far the best defensive linemen he’d seen this season. And that, the coach said, includes the much-ballyhooed LaMichael Fanning of Harris County, who has committed to Alabama.
“He’s D-1, now; he’s D-I all the way,” Phillips told Georgia High School Football Daily. “You’ve got to see him. He looks like Adonis; real cut, no fat on him.”
College coaches are starting to take notice. They are often calling Phillips to request video of offensive line prospect Alex Barr. When they get it, they tend to notice Kamalu.
“All the coaches are calling when they see him on film,” Phillips said. “‘Who’s that No. 47?’”
Phillips believes Kamula will get a chance to display his talents in big-time college football. After, that is, short stint at prep school.