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Carolina is 'all family' to Camara

Class of 2013 spur commitment Mohamed Camara (Cumming, Ga./West Forsyth) went on the record with TheBigSpur.com after his team's hard-fought 17-16 OT victory over Lambert Friday to cap a perfect 10-0 regular season.

The 6-foot-2, 205-pound three-star linebacker prospect has been committed to South Carolina since April 27 and remains firmly committed to the Gamecocks.

"In the recruiting process, South Carolina talked to me early on, so I liked that," Camara gave as the reason he chose Carolina. "And while I was going through the process, I kept a really good relationship with their coaching staff and it feels like everything is family there.

"I go down there every other weekend, pretty much, hang out with the teammates right before the game. I feel like I'm fighting [on the field] with them already, so I really enjoy down there and feeling that family atmosphere, so that's why I pretty much committed and have stayed committed for so long."

Camara, who is ranked the No. 74 OLB in the country by 247sports, also enjoys a strong relationship with his South Carolina recruiter, quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus.

"Me and him have a really tight relationship," Camara says. "He's my recruiting coach and me and him talk about every day, so we've a tightness [to] our relationship. He's my man."

Camara is scheduled to play the spur at South Carolina. He stars at outside linebacker at West Forsyth.

"The spur, you can do a lot of things from going out and covering receivers and different things like that or going in and playing inside the tackle box and that's not too much different than what I do here," he says. "So they'll either put me inside or take me outside every now and then, so I feel like I've already done a lot of that throughout my high school career and I can go in there and (be comfortable) in college."

Camara has been at multiple Carolina games this year and says he'll be at the final home game this weekend against Wofford. On those trips he's gotten to know fellow Carolina commits like Connor Mitch, Matt Rolin and Devin Washington.

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"I hang out with them whenever I go up there and just chill out on the sidelines and different things like that, so we've gotten really close and it's all family up there," he says.

Camara hopes his class can bring something special to Columbia.

"I just hope to bring someone that's coming in and working really hard, trying to fight, and it just going to come in and hit hard, just be what a defense is supposed to be," he says. "I hope everybody else in the class, and I know that are, is coming in with that type of mindset."

But before he officially becomes a member of the Gamecocks in Feb., Camara has come unfinished business: a state championship, as the playoffs begin Friday.

"We just have to keep practicing with a chip on our shoulder and keep doing what we've been doing," Camara said. "Our practices are really fast-tempo and just really harsh, so if we keep doing that, the games are supposed to be easy for us, so when we come out here we just execute, so we've just got to keep executing."

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