Before his senior season for the Dover High School football team even got underway, quarterback Kamal Abrams has made his college decision, choosing to attend the University of Connecticut as a wide receiver in 2011.
Training camp is less than a month away now for the Dover High School football team and with the season fast approaching, one key member of the Senator squad has removed a burden from his mind.
Starting quarterback Kamal Abrams, who is entering his second season and senior year as Dover’s field general, has made his college decision and committed to the University of Connecticut.
While Abrams has been a quarterback and will continue at that position this season for the Senators, he’s actually going into UConn as a wide receiver in 2011.
The transition is something he said he’s not too concerned about, as his athleticism will help ease any pains of growing into the position.
“When I went up there to work out for them, I was working as a receiver,” Abrams said. “It really wasn’t that hard.”
Dover Head Coach Carlton Brown said he was surprised when he first heard Abrams would be moving to the receiver position, most likely in the slot, but after thinking it over, it made sense.
When it comes to college coaches, Brown said, they see a different potential in athletes than is maybe seen at the high school level.
“He went up there and worked out, and he was a natural in how he ran his routes and caught the ball,” he said. “College coaches have a vision. They can see and project players to be in different positions.
“I would’ve never thought that, but as a head coach I’m selfish because he’s my quarterback.”
With still more than a year until he reports to the Huskies’ program, Abrams said he’d like to bulk up some from his 6-foot, 170-pound frame, as well as increase his athleticism.
That process, Brown said, should not be a problem as he’s already seeing physical improvements in his player.
“His athletic ability and the things that he has done in the off-season has really helped him with his [40-yard dash] time, and in gaining more mass and more weight in the weight room,” he said.
With several offers on the table from various schools, Abrams had his work cut out for him in making a decision.
Finally deciding to head to UConn, he said, was a choice that was influenced by more than just football.
“For one, the academic program was really good,” Abrams said. “And what I want to major in, kinesiology, they’re No. 1 in the nation for that. And then being around the team, they’re really easy to get along with. And it’s not that far from home.”
Abrams said he’s happy to have his college choice out of the way as early as he does, as he now won’t have that burden on his mind through his senior season.
After graduating only four seniors from last year’s 2-4, 4-6 team, there are big expectations on this veteran Senator team coming into this year.
When the season kicks off at Delcastle High School on Saturday, Sept. 11, Abrams said he and his teammates are planning on starting a season they hope will be a memorable one.
He added, however, that the Sens felt similarly last year and after starting 3-1 got overconfident, forcing things to become undone.
“I don’t want to speak too early,” Abrams said. “We learned a lot last year. I guess you could say a lot of pressure was put on us, but when we started the season strong and then took that first loss, it all fell apart. Everybody started to go their own way on the team.
“We’re looking to turn that around this year.”
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