Alvin Kamara: UGA or Alabama for 4-star RB? (UPDATED)

UGA or Alabama for 4-star RB Alvin Kamara? (AJC)

UGA or Alabama for 4-star RB Alvin Kamara? (AJC)

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.

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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.

UGA and Alabama RB target Alvin Kamara (AJC)

UGA and Alabama RB target Alvin Kamara (AJC)

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.


  • Alvin Kamara, RB, Sr., 5-11, 195, Norcross HS. Offers from Alabama, UGA, Oregon, Oklahoma State, Oregon, FSU and Tennessee.
  • Shon Akins, CB, Sr., 5-9, 175, Norcross HS. Committed to Cal.
  • *Myles Autry, RB, Jr., 5-10, 180, Norcross HS. Offers from Georgia Tech, UGA, Tennessee, Florida State, Syracuse, Penn State, Miami, and Vanderbilt.
  • *Lorenzo Carter, DE, Jr., 6-5, 220, Norcross HS. Offers from Miami, Tennessee, Georgia Tech, Penn State, Syracuse, Arkansas, Vanderbilt
  • Jahmal Jones, DE, Sr., 6-3, 220, Norcross HS. Offers from Colorado State, Southern Miss and Marshall
  • Chris Carson, RB, Sr., 6-1, 195, Parkview HS. Offers from Miami, Indiana, South Florida, etc.
  • Kyle Williams, LB, Sr., 6-1, 225, Parkview HS. Offers from Indiana, Troy, Colorado State, Air Force, etc.
  • Shaq Vereen, S, Sr., 6-2, 185, Parkview HS. Offers from Air Force, Northern Colorado, VMI, Presbyterian and Tennessee State.
  • Keanu Mole, WR, Sr., 6-0, 170, Parkview HS. Offers from Georgia State and Tennessee State.
  • *Bryce Lewis, DB,. Jr., 6-1, 175, Parkview HS. Offer from Vanderbilt.
  • Hunter Thornton, DE/P, Sr., 6-0, 215, Parkview HS. Committed on a baseball scholarship to Mercer as catcher.
  • Rob Youngblood, QB/S, Sr., 5-11, 180, Parkview HS. Baseball offer from USC Aiken (as an infielder).
  • *Mac Marshall, WR, Jr., 6-0, 180, Parkview HS. Committed to UGA on a baseball scholarship (as left-handed pitcher)




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133 comments Add your comment

Mountain Dawg

September 6th, 2012
3:18 am

He’s all DAWG!

Crimson Crush

September 6th, 2012
5:19 am

It certainly looks close . His coaches descriptions of his versatile talents are why it won’t matter if there is a crowded roster or not . As long as he can stay focused he can get on the field at Bama sooner rather than later .

Bama Fan#2

September 6th, 2012
5:38 am

Alabama would love to have him!!! I think he signs with Georgia
in the future. Question is this the recruit Bama send like a 100
pieces of recruiting mail to!! RTR

Crimson Crush

September 6th, 2012
6:15 am

@Bama Fan#2

This is him .

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Destin Dawg

September 6th, 2012
6:28 am

Alvin, kids that stay in State, close to support groups, friends and family, generally do better in school and life after sports !! be an home state hero and come to UGA !! Go Dawgs !!

Crimson Crush

September 6th, 2012
8:03 am

Alvin … kids that go out of state and get drafted in the first round of the NFL draft , earning enough to support groups of friends and family , generally do better in life after sports than 60 year old Dawgs busting tables at the local A & W Root Beer . Be a home state hero … and leave busting tables to old worn out Dawgs :-)

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Crimson Crush

September 6th, 2012
8:23 am

@Destin Dawg

Wasn’t that the same sales pitch you used for Isaiah Crowell ( and every other recruit UGA has went after inside the state ) Perhaps you should add some sort of disclaimer that states it only applies if the recruit in question can survive the incredibly undisciplined atmosphere in the UGA program that churns out more arrest records than it does draft picks ….

crimson cockroach

September 6th, 2012
9:01 am

Ex players can bus tables at Tuscaloosa and count cockroaches. Not much going for Tuscaloser except for Saban. Enjoy it while it lasts. Once your team gets busted for juicing then you will have to except the death penalty.

Flo - Ri - Duh

September 6th, 2012
9:08 am

Bummer is not going to sign 4 RBs. Right now UGA has room for one RB – maybe two if Henry was to change his mind. I see Kamara to UGA ’cause Henry is going to Bummer with Tyren Jones and Tenpenny. With Yelden there starting next season someone will b e redshirted.

Hershel Walker

September 6th, 2012
9:08 am

Why aren’t we talking about the upcomming loss to Mizzou?

Flo - Ri - Duh

September 6th, 2012
9:11 am

The topic here is Kamara.. ….. hershel squaker – were you born dumb or did you get that way over time?

Flo - Ri - Duh

September 6th, 2012
9:13 am

crimson crushed – UGA has MORE players in the NFL than Bummer….. Southern Cal 1st and UGA tied for #2. Know what you are talking about before mouthing off.

Captain Obvious

September 6th, 2012
9:32 am

Bama doesn’t need any more running backs. They are loaded.


September 6th, 2012
9:33 am

He should strongly consider an offer from etc. like the two Parkview players.

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Gene's Chizek

September 6th, 2012
9:38 am

Destin Dawg dont be so hypocritical with all that stay in state people are successful. Guess you mentioned that about Keith Marshal, Gurley, Murray, AJ Green……………………… Typical

L E G H U M P E R!!

Wait a minute

September 6th, 2012
9:47 am

Weren’t we told by a regular poster on here that Kamara was a USC lock? He also put out some inaccurate information about John Jenkins.

And what Destin Dawg said is true. Critics of his need to note the word “generally” which allows for exceptions.

And any school that gives mulligans on first failed drug test probably should not be critical of UGA’s discipline.

Chi Town

September 6th, 2012
9:47 am

Everyone on here needs to show some respect for Lord Saban.

Crimson Crush

September 6th, 2012
9:50 am

@Flo – Ri – Duh

Not only am I familiar with one of the last songs the UGA choir still is able to temporarily sing … it has been discussed , dissected and dismantled repeatedly on the AJC … 10,000 ways to Sunday … It is a stat that is melting faster than a snow cone in he** even IF UGA counts up all the 8th round bench warmers from 1992 and beyond while totally disregarding the results of the last 4 drafts . Two more drafts and UGA won’t even have that song to sing any more :-)

It certainly begs the question though … even IF one wanted to take it at face value … why is it again that with ALLLLLLLL this talent that has managed to come through Georgia (and escape without a prison record ) tell us again why it is that UGA has ZERO National Titles to show for it ?

And HOW is it Bama can take so many players from Georgia … and turn them into championship material but they go to UGA decade after decade … and suck air ?

Tell us for that matter why it is that Bama can switch coaches four times during just the time Mark Richt has nested in Athens … endure TWO hits from major probations … and STILL come out continuing its historical role as a dominating national powerhouse … while UGA still piddles around squabbling with South Carolina for bragging rights on a regional level .

You know why and so does everyone else . UGA is the place to go if you just want to brag to your home town buddies . The Tide is where you go to learn how to play and think like a CHAMPION !

The Factor

September 6th, 2012
10:26 am

@Crimson Crush

If you want to be a writer, apply to a newspaper. Otherwise, your comments are too long and no one but you read it.

Crimson Crush

September 6th, 2012
10:29 am

I make them in all bites and sizes “Factor” . Chew what you can handle and leave the rest for the more capable . I haven’t figured out a way to do comic book pictograms for the less educated yet …

Holy Guacamole

September 6th, 2012
10:42 am

Crimson Crush is a legend in his own mind. What a blowhard.


September 6th, 2012
10:42 am

UGA’s to lose.


September 6th, 2012
10:53 am

With our freshman, he needs to go to Bama for a better cance to play. Unless he does not mind being redshirted.

St Simons

September 6th, 2012
11:01 am

i see derrick henry & ramsey play almost every week.

Ramsey is the shiznit. Henry is overrated, waaay overrated.

this kid is will be a jaquizz rogers/darren sproles type

We get Ramsey, none o the rest of this matters.

Hertz Flea and Tick Collar

September 6th, 2012
11:05 am

And then Crimson Crush/Roll Tide said, “I’ve been an Alabama fan for a LONG time. I started rooting for them in 2007 and I’ve bought at least ten ‘Bama ballcaps from WalMart and local gas stations since then. Roooooollllll TIDE.”

Crimson Crush

September 6th, 2012
11:21 am

I am sensing a lot of unresolved issues of hurt , anger and frustration . The creation of multiple alternate identities to hide the pain won’t help . It probably stems from rooting for a program that will always be life long disappointment . My diagnosis is you need to start rooting for a real program …. and do it STAT :-)

Real Problem

September 6th, 2012
11:40 am

I think the kid is all Georgia…..good grief, how many RB’s are in line to play for Tide. I think we see him as slot receiver so that he will see field sooner.


September 6th, 2012
12:08 pm

Richt will get him and have him play TE.


September 6th, 2012
12:20 pm

Someone needs to inform his coach that 5′10″ and 195# is not big in college. He will not run between tackles at that size too many times per game.


September 6th, 2012
12:24 pm

This kid is all UGA and thats fine. I think Tryen Jones has positioned himself as the top back in the state of GA and if he keeps up his level of play, he will be a 5 star. Kamara is an outstanding player as well but he knows he will end up at WR at Alabama and he is better off going to UGA if he wants to be a RB.

Bama, or Roll Tide,LSU,Auburn,GT, or Florida fans are ONE and the SAME

September 6th, 2012
2:06 pm

Most of the so called Bama or Roll Tide fans on this blog are locals, that hate UGA and so, they choose the de jour team of the year, that last won the MNC and THAT SCHOOL is THEIR “SCHOOL.”. LOL !!!

A fan spends time money and energy through thick and thin to pull for their team. They also might be an alumnus but that alone is not a sole requiste. 90% of the Bame fans are NOT even this for Alabama.

Goooooooooooooooooooooooo Dogs !!


September 6th, 2012
2:06 pm

Crimson Crush these kids go to Alabama for 2 reason’s. First in spite of Tide fans hatred for Auburn, kids go to both these schools for the same 2 reasons. First reason. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$. Second reason. Every kid that attends Alabama is like you. Thick between the ears. Hell a TE from Georgia flat out came out and said it. It was obvious his first pick would have been UGA if they would have offered, but sense they hadn’t his top choice right now is Alabama. Wanna know why that is? Come on you a smart Boy. I’m sure you read the article. Well please allow me say it for you. He pretty much said that he picked Alabama as his front runner because you’d have to be dumb as dirt to fail at Alabama. Dumb as dirt. You know. Kind of like you. A-Hole last season alone ,5 UGA players could have entered the draft, but chose not to. Show us some more of your ignorance.


September 6th, 2012
3:17 pm

Nobody reads his garbage but himself.

matt johnson

September 6th, 2012
4:39 pm

If he visits Oregon he will be a Duck. Oregon not only has the best RB coach in the entire Country in coach Campbell the Ducks have by far and away the nicest facilities in the Country by a mile and the loudest stadium in the Country Autzen. Imagine DAT,Marshall,Tyner,Wilson and Kamara in the Oregon O wow unstopable. Hopefully if Oregon doesn’t land Kamara the Ducks will add the number 1 RB in the Country Derrick Green he is a mix between J-Stewert and L-Blount and like Kamara would be a perfect fit for the Oregon O that has average over 300 rushing yards a game the last 5 years.


September 6th, 2012
4:50 pm

All UGA needs to do is win. The recruits will come. If UGA flubs it, we will lose some really good recruits. It’s that simple…just win…

Game Changer

September 6th, 2012
5:37 pm

Alvin Kamara has UGA ranked third behind tennessee and alabama. Best friend is at tennessee

Derick Henry has Tennessee, alabama, florida and georgia as leaders – not sure what Henry will do

Tennessee and Dooley have a opportunity to play UGA in athens just 3 weeks from now at 4 -0. Will make a big difference in many players decisions.


September 6th, 2012
5:58 pm

Kamara might go to UGA, because the 5 star Henry looks to be going to UT.

I think Kamara will end up at Alabama though.


September 6th, 2012
7:01 pm

You no I belive that a lot of recruts are lost are never considered UGA for the articles written in the AJC…… Another thing I don’t know how many real DAWG fans go on ALB-AUB-SC-TENN- local new paper blogs and put down the other partys Teams and Coaches but I have never …. I might hate there TEAM but why give them the time of day they will HATE that Worse I promise you …. becides any other fan on this web site other that that of a tream in Georgia ant no true fan of the team logo they bare …. I WOULD’NT BE COUGHT IN A BAMA ARE FLA WEB site are forum Im to proud to sink that low …. Don’t feed there fire all there trying to do on here is hurt our future !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


September 6th, 2012
7:54 pm

This ole man He play two He play nik nak on Mizzuo. Nik Nak Talley Wak give the dawg his bone !!! These Bulldawgs keep winning on !!!!!!! And the recruits in question WILL BE JUMPING on. LET THE BIG DAWG EAT

Crimson Crush

September 6th, 2012
8:07 pm

The usual litany of whiny excuses and weak attempts to deflect or self soothe. You guys have reduced poor ol kingdaddy to simply having to copy and paste the obvious .

Per kingdaddy :All UGA needs to do is win. The recruits will come. If UGA flubs it, we will lose some really good recruits. It’s that simple…just win…

It really is … that simple .

Of course it can never be that simple for people like Tdawg and others . Tdawg (and apparently TE recruit Greg Taboada ) are still trying to figure out what the “highest degree” a university can offer is . After his reference to that particular article (linked below)

Tdawg might finally be able to tell us if the “highest degree” is just a doctorate or or if there is some sort of 33 degree black belt that UGA is offering that is actually “higher” LOL . ;-)

Cats have fleas 2

September 6th, 2012
8:15 pm

Crimson Crush…..really?? “Busting” tables?

Crimson Crush

September 6th, 2012
9:09 pm

Poor ol Tdawg is apparently still trying to figure out exactly what “the highest degree” a university can offer is . His running rant referencing the Greg Taboada article from two weeks ago was precious . Tdawg … if UGA didn’t offer you a 33rd degree rhinestone studded black belt … you DO NOT have “the highest degree” available in Athens ROFLMAO :-)

I truly … truly …. feel for fans like kingdaddy and others . Those who realize the season is here … and it is time … once again … to produce .

Rehashed rants … failed attempts at shunning … bewildered reactions as to why fans of other schools read and comment on what in their mind is a “Dawg” blog … NONE of that will help make Mark Richt one shred better as a head coach . NONE of that will make UGA one iota better as a program .

If the Dawgs pull their usual season beginning dido and fall to some upstart newcomer this weekend … spending the next year screaming about the Tide and Coach Saban won’t help your recruiting either . As kingdaddy and others have already said … it really is … that simple :-)

Crimson Crush

September 6th, 2012
9:13 pm


Or washing dishes … did you have something you would like to add ? ;-)


September 6th, 2012
9:26 pm

Start watching Coumbia’s RB, he too explodes through the holes and is one of the fastest kids in the State in the 10th grade.


September 6th, 2012
9:27 pm

Hey bammers go find your own forum,surely they can read in bammer and if not hooked on phonics is an option.

Crimson Crush

September 6th, 2012
9:33 pm

This IS our forum . You already know that ….

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