Alvin Kamara, who is considered by some to be the state’s No. 1 prospect at running back, has listed Alabama and UGA as his leaders.
Or are they his finalists? “They’re my top two schools right now,” Kamara told the AJC. “I still think other schools have a chance. But Georgia and Alabama, that’s who I am feeling right now.”
The 5-foot-10, 195-pounder from Norcross High School also has Oklahoma State, Florida State, Tennessee and Oregon in his top six, and will take an official visit to Oregon. The others are to be determined.
Why does Kamara like Alabama? “They produce high-quality players – all those guys that went in the NFL Draft last year, and you saw the game against Michigan. They put a high-quality product on the field, and that’s what I like about Alabama.”
What about UGA? “There’s opportunity at Georgia. And it’s the same way as Alabama, they put a good product on the field. They’re good people in Athens. Coach [Mark Richt] is a good guy. I get along with the coaches, and they produce.”
Kamara has toyed around with the idea of committing within the next month, but will likely wait longer in order to take a few official visits. “I’m going to sign with a place where I feel comfortable with and where I get along with the coaching staff. It will be a place I have a special feeling about. If I feel like I need to be at Florida State, I will go there. If I feel like I need to be in Athens, I’ll go to Athens. If it’s Tuscaloose, then I’m there.”
Some have wondered how Derrick Henry’s impending decision will impact Kamara. The 5-star from Yulee, Fla., will pick between Alabama, Tennessee and UGA on Sept. 27.
“Me and Derrick are real close,” Kamara said. “Whatever he does, I’ll make my own decision. If we happen to end up at the same school, it would be better for us because I know he’s a competitor and I don’t back down from a challenge. If we do end up at the same place, I think that will make us both better players and make us closer.”
UGA has no commits at RB for its 2013 recruiting class, while Alabama has a pledge from this state’s other top prospect at the position, Walton’s Tyren Jones.
What stands out about Alvin Kamara? “What makes him special is that he can run between the tackles, he can run outside on the toss and zone stuff, and he’s got an extra gear once gets into the secondary,” Norcross coach Keith Maloof said. “He’s big, strong and physical and he can catch the ball out of the backfield. He’s got everything.
“You can put him out at wide receiver, and he’s just as fast as any receiver there is. You can get mismatches with linebackers and things like that if people are going to put a linebacker on him when he’s outside of the box. He’s a special talent.”
Kamara is ranked as a consensus 4-star and the nation’s No. 3 all-purpose running back by Rivals.
UPDATED: It was a tough night for Kamara, as he rushed for 26 yards before suffering a sprained left ankle shortly before halftime in Thursday’s 20-0 win over Parkview. Kamara tried to return in the third quarter but had his second fumble of the game after one carry and did play again. Kamara is probable for next week.
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