Alabama’s Nick Saban is considered by some to be the “hardest working man” in the recruiting biz.
The postmaster of Tuscaloosa, Ala., might be next after Nick.
Alabama made national headlines when it mailed 105 recruiting letters in a day to a running back from Atlanta this week, Norcross High School junior Alvin Kamara.
Usually, Saban puts stamps on only about 4-6 letters per day to Kamara.
“Yeah, I got home and they were failing out of my mailbox,” Kamara said. “It was crazy but I liked it.”
It was yet another creative and innovative recruiting tactic by Saban, who finished with the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class for 2012 earlier this month.
What’s really amazing about Alabama’s 105-letter bombardment to Kamara is that – while he has yet to finish opening them all up – none of dozens he has already ripped into are duplicates. Each letter has a new message or selling point about Alabama’s football dynasty.
“It’s cool when a school shows that much interest in you,” Kamara said. “It definitely caught my attention. But they’re not my favorite college yet or anything like that. I just thought it was cool they’re showing me that much attention.”
One last note: Many UGA fans have pointed out that in the photo taken of Kamara holding his bouquet of 105 Alabama letters, he just so happened to be wearing shorts with a UGA logo.
“It was a coincidence and nothing more than that,” Kamara said with a laugh. “Everybody has been blowing it up about that, saying ‘Oh, that could be a sign he’s going to Georgia.’ It was nothing like that. I just happened to have those shorts on at that time. I don’t even have a Top 5 list of schools yet.”
The 5-foot-10, 195-pound Kamara has around a dozen early offers, including UGA, Clemson, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Mississippi State and Maryland. Kamara was virtually unknown until proving himself to be one of the top players in a junior all-star game in December. Kamara was considered “the fastest player in pads” at the game, with one scout saying “0 to 60 mph in a few steps.”
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