Hermitage High School is a Virginia High School football powerhouse, so it is rare for a freshman to play on the varsity squad.
Sulaiman Kamara did a lot more than just play for the Panthers this fall. He became one of the team’s best defensive players.
“I think my freshman season was great,” said Kamara. “We played hard and I got to play on a great team. It really gave me a chance to see what I need to work on to get better. “
Kamara got to play with a senior class that included college prospects Derrick Green and Brian Brown. The 2016 defensive lineman said he learned a lot from the seniors.
“I learned to always stay humble,” he said. “I also learned to respect the players and respect the game. They taught me to always go out and play my heart out. The last thing I learned was that if you take care of the little things, the big things will take care of themselves.”
College coaching staffs are already showing interest in the Kamara.
“I heard from Alabama first,” he said. “Lately, I’ve heard from Michigan, UVA, Virginia Tech, Miami, and Auburn.”
Despite living in Virginia, Kamara grew up a fan of an SEC team.
“Growing up, I was an Alabama fan,” said the 6-foot-2, 290-pound Kamara. “I just like the way they develop their players. Every year they have a lot of players go to the NFL. I also like how they work so hard and that they are so dedicated.”
Being Crimson Tide fan, Kamara was happy when they reached out to him.
“It was great to hear from them,” he said. “I was surprised at first. I never expected to get attention from them at such a young age. It was just great and it motivated me to work even harder.”
This summer will be a busy one for Kamara.
“Alabama wants me to come to their camp, so I’m going to go down there,” he said. “I’m also going to go to other camps, but that’s up to my brother. He’s helps me sign up for camps and things that will help me get better.”
For now, Kamara’s main focus is becoming a better player.
“I’m working on my speed, strength, and quickness,” he said. “Next year, I want to stand out and help lead my team go even further. I also want to make all-district and all-state.”