Abrams back home, eyes role as DSU receiver

Kamal Abrams

Kamal Abrams

DOVER — Delaware State was the first school to offer Kamal Abrams a scholarship out of Dover High.

It’s now where he will spend his last season of college football.

With one year of eligibility left after he graduated from Connecticut last year, Abrams has transferred to Delaware State to join the Hornet wide receivers.

“It’s kind of weird how things play out,” Abrams said. “I always told myself I wanted to get out of Delaware and experience new things. Now I turn around and I’m right back here. It’s all a blessing.”

Abrams, a 2011 Dover graduate, first discussed joining the Hornets when he met new coach Kenny Carter at a DSU basketball game in the spring.

Abrams was attending the game to watch his cousin play, fellow Dover product Kendal Williams, who is also a Dover High product.

“I introduced myself to coach Carter and explained my situation and let him know that I’d be interested in playing,” Abrams said. “From there it was just talking back and forth with coach (John) Allen and getting everything squared away to do what I needed to do to get here.”

Abrams is enrolled as a graduate student at DelState and is still eligible because he did not play in a game during the 2012 season at UConn.

While with the Huskies he appeared in 21 games from 2011-2014 and caught nine passes in his career while battling through a knee injury during his junior season.

He does have one career touchdown to his name. That came Nov, 18, 2013 against Lousiville, who coincidentally had Carter on its coaching staff that season.

Abrams said he wasn’t sure if he would play his final season until thinking it over and talking with Carter, who became DSU’s coach when Kermit Blount was let go following a 2-10 season a year ago.

“I like what coach Carter is trying to do here with trying to turn this program around,” Abrams said. “I want to be a part of laying that foundation for a bright future.”

Abrams joins one of the deepest positions on the Hornet roster.

DelState returns Malik Golson (Smyrna High), Morris Frasier (Lake Forest High) and Aris Scott, who all started at times during last season. It does have to replace leading receiver and All-MidEastern Athletic Conference performer Milton Williams, who ended up in training camp with the Oakland Raiders.

“I think that’s the position on the field where we’re pretty much set,” said projected starting quarterback Esayah Obado. “We lost Milton but we got guys like Malik Golson, Morris Frasier and Aris Scott, then a bunch of new guys who are ready to step up to the plate.”

Abrams isn’t sure what his role will be yet this early into camp, but he’s excited to be back in Dover and said he’s eager to help out the younger players.

“I’m still trying to learn,” Abrams said. “As far as my role, we’ll have to wait and see. I feel like I can bring a lot to the table, especially from the mental aspect of the game, whether it’d be play concepts, reading DBs and stuff around that nature.”

Reach staff writer Tim Mastro at tmastro@newszap.com

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