National Scouting Combine presents LB Sheriff Kamara

Position: OLB/MLB

School: Wesley College/ Stevenson University

HT/WT: 6’0/215


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Played at Wesley College

Played at Stevenson University

All Decade (High School)


How’d you end up at your current school? What was the recruiting process like? 

My journey to my current school has been marked by unique twists and turns, shaped by both personal decisions and external circumstances. Coming out of high school, my path differed from the traditional recruiting process. I didn’t attend any collegiate camps, and I had only played two full seasons of football. Despite this, I remained determined to pursue my passion for the sport at the collegiate level. My initial college experience began at Wesley College, where I joined the football program. Unfortunately, Wesley College faced unexpected challenges, and the institution shut down prematurely. The closure led to the acquisition of the football program by Delaware State University. This turn of events presented me with a decision point, and I had to adapt quickly to the changing circumstances. In response to the closure of Wesley College, I navigated the transfer process and ultimately found my way to Stevenson University. The recruiting process at this stage involved communicating with the coaching staff, showcasing my skills, and articulating my desire to contribute to their program. Stevenson University, with its strong emphasis on the intellectual aspects of the game, proved to be a fitting environment for my continued development as a football player. While my journey may not have followed the conventional recruiting path, it underscores the importance of adaptability and resilience in pursuing one’s goals. Each step in my football career has presented unique challenges, and I’ve approached them with a determination to continue playing the sport I love.


What gives you an advantage over other athletes at your position?

Given my background as a student who attended both Wesley College and Stevenson University, playing football as an Outside Linebacker and majoring in Business Communication, I have faced unique challenges, particularly with Wesley College shutting down during the COVID-19 pandemic. This required me to make the necessary adjustments and transfer to Stevenson University. As an athlete, my advantage over others in my position lies in my athleticism and versatility. Standing at 6’0″ and weighing 215 pounds, I play as a Hybrid linebacker, which means I bring a combination of skills to the game. This versatility allows me to adapt to different situations on the field, making me an asset to the team. Whether it’s defending against the run, dropping into coverage, or rushing the passer, I have the ability to excel in various aspects of the game.


What does being a student of a game mean to you?

Being a student of the game holds great significance for me. It goes beyond just the physical aspects of playing football; it involves a deep understanding and appreciation for the strategic and intellectual components of the sport. As someone who played defensive line (3-tech) in high school and successfully transitioned into a linebacker position upon entering college, being a student of the game means continually learning and evolving.

In high school, my role as a defensive lineman required a specific set of skills, and I embraced the opportunity to excel in that position. However, upon entering college, I recognized the need for adaptability and a broader understanding of the game. This transition to linebacker demanded not only physical adjustments but also a comprehensive understanding of defensive schemes, play-calling, and the nuances of different offensive strategies. Being a student of the game means immersing myself in the intricacies of football, studying film to analyze opponents’ tendencies, and constantly seeking ways to improve my performance. It involves understanding the playbook inside and out, recognizing the importance of teamwork, and staying mentally sharp both on and off the field. This commitment to learning and growing as a player contributes to my versatility and effectiveness as a Hybrid linebacker.


How does being a Linebacker reflect itself in your personal life?

As a Hybrid linebacker, my position on the football field as part of the front 7 demands a unique set of skills and qualities that, interestingly, do reflect in my personal life. The nature of being a linebacker involves navigating through and around obstacles that come at me on the field, and this parallels my approach to challenges in my personal life. In football, I’ve learned to assess situations quickly, make split-second decisions, and maneuver around opposing players to achieve the team’s objectives. This adaptability and resilience directly translate into my personal life. Whether facing academic challenges, adjusting to changes, or overcoming hurdles in my daily life, the mindset of a linebacker has instilled in me the ability to tackle obstacles head-on and find effective ways to navigate through them. The teamwork and collaboration inherent in playing in the front 7 have also influenced my interpersonal skills off the field. Just as communication and coordination are crucial in football, they are equally essential in personal and professional relationships. Being part of the front 7 has taught me the importance of working cohesively with others to achieve common goals.


How would you describe your work ethic?

The discipline and commitment required in football have shaped my work ethic and determination in personal journey. Just as I dedicate myself to improving on the field, I carry that same dedication into my studies and other aspects of my life. In essence, being a Hybrid linebacker has provided me with a valuable set of life skills that extend beyond the football field. The ability to navigate challenges, work well in a team, and maintain a disciplined approach has become an integral part of my character, influencing my personal growth and resilience in various aspects of life.


What do you consider to be one of the more important things you learned from the coaching staff?

One of the most crucial lessons I learned from the coaching staff, particularly during my time at The Dub (Wesley College) in Dover, Delaware, was the importance of refining my technique. Despite being a naturally talented athlete, I recognized that polishing my technical skills was essential for elevating my performance on the field. Under the guidance of Coach Napp, Coach Arthur Smith, and Coach Pietrzyk, the emphasis on proper technique became a cornerstone of my development. They provided invaluable insights into the intricacies of playing my position, breaking down movements, and emphasizing the finer details that could make a significant impact on my effectiveness during games. The competitive environment at Wesley College played a crucial role in accelerating my development. The challenges presented by strong opponents pushed me to continually improve and fine-tune my technique. The coaching staff’s emphasis on competition fostered a mindset of continuous growth and self-improvement.


What would you consider to be your biggest accomplishment in your sports career so far?

One of my most significant accomplishments in my sports career thus far has been earning the title of an all-decade player at Long Reach School. This recognition not only reflects my individual skills and contributions but also underscores my commitment and dedication to the sport over an extended period. Being part of the winning class (Class of ’19) adds another layer of accomplishment, showcasing the collective success and camaraderie within the team during my time at Long Reach. Winning as a class signifies the shared effort, perseverance, and teamwork that contributed to our collective achievements on the field. Additionally, being selected as a BTC (Baltimore Touchdown Club) all-star further validates my performance and impact on the football field. The BTC all-star selection is a testament to my abilities and contributions recognized by peers, coaches, and the football community. Upon transferring to Stevenson University, I had the opportunity to further enhance my understanding of the intellectual aspects of the game, particularly in my linebacker role. This intellectual aspect became a complement to the technical skills I had honed at Wesley College.


How did you hear about the National Scouting Combine?

I learned about the National Scouting Combine through my former teammate and 2x all-conference DB, Marvin Manassa, at Stevenson University. Marvin shared his invitation to the event with me and knowing the value and credibility of the National Scouting Combine, I saw it as a tremendous opportunity to showcase my skills and potential at a national level. Having a teammate like Marvin, who is not only familiar with the event but also participating alongside me, adds an extra layer of motivation. His recommendation and involvement in the National Scouting Combine influenced my decision to take part in this significant opportunity to demonstrate my abilities to professional scouts and decision-makers. I appreciate the network and connections within the football community, and Marvin’s recommendation played a pivotal role in my decision to participate in the National Scouting Combine this year. It’s an exciting opportunity to showcase my skills on a broader stage and potentially open doors for the next chapter in my football career.


Why did you choose the National Scouting Combine?

I chose the combine to show scouts I’m a real deal player and show case what I have.


What do you hope to show people at the combine?

At the National Scouting Combine, my primary goal is to showcase my versatility as a Hybrid linebacker. I aim to demonstrate a well-rounded skill set that encompasses both traditional linebacker responsibilities and the ability to excel in pass-rushing situations. By highlighting my versatility, I intend to prove that I can contribute effectively to various defensive scenarios, whether it’s stopping the run, dropping into coverage, or pressuring the quarterback. Specifically, I want to emphasize my prowess in pass-rushing situations, showcasing my ability to disrupt plays and create pressure on the opposing team’s quarterback. Whether it’s utilizing speed, agility, or strategic techniques, I aim to demonstrate that I can be a dynamic force on the field and an asset to any team’s defensive strategy.


What was your Major? 

Business Communication


If you could make a positive impact on all of society, what would it be and why?

I would be coaching because I understand the view of the under dawg.


If you had the opportunity to play another sport professionally, what sport would you choose? Soccer first because that was my first sport, I played center mid field and basketball.


Are you involved in mentoring, a charity or do you “give back” or “pay it forward” in your community? I help coach long reach 2021 team to a reginal championship which my little brother who played defensive back. I coached their dine. I even trained my brother who is college athlete this year. I love and give a lot to and for the game.

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