Linebacker Ousmane Camara of Bay Shore, N.Y. has seen more and more interest coming his way in the last month. His patience paid off earlier this week when he got word that Purdue was the first school to pull the trigger with an offer.
"I gave Coach Tibesar a call to follow up on what he thought about my tape," said Camara, who is 6-foot-3 and 240-pounds. "He said the whole staff looked at my tape together and they all liked it."
After informing Camara about his offer, the staff is also hoping to get the Long Island linebacker on campus.
"They said that they would like for me to come down for a visit," said Camara. "They want to shake my hand and look me in the eye."
Since he received his offer, Camara has been doing some research on the Purdue program.
"They seem like a great program to be a part of," said Camara. "They have a very good engineering program and I think that's what I want to major in, but I'm not sure yet."
Two other schools may also be close to offering Camara.
"UConn and Temple are the two really serious ones," he said. "I'm going to Temple on Saturday and I think that might be my second offer. My cousin played for Temple."
While more offers may be right around the corner, Camara is still excited to get the first one behind him.
"I'm really excited, but it just gave me a whole new motivation to work harder," said Camara.
Aside from the upcoming Temple visit, Camara will also attend a series of camps.
"I'm going to Ohio State on June 23rd, then UConn and Syracuse for sure and I might go to Arkansas also," said Camara. "I hope to prove that I can play and compete with other prospects, even though I'm from Long Island."