Alvin Kamara, who is one of UGA’s top remaining targets for 2013, said he will likely save his final official visit for Alabama.
Alabama and UGA are the co-leaders for the speedy running back from Norcross High School who also has Oregon in the mix.
Kamara was a guest speaker the RisingSeniors.com banquet on Thursday night, along with two other alums from the junior all-star game — Milton High School DE Carl Lawson (committed to Auburn) and Alpharetta High School QB Joshua Dobbs (committed to Arizona State).
Kamara has a tight friendship with Alabama assistant Kirby Smart. He said that Smart had requested his final official visit and “I’ll probably do that.”
(Note: It’s this close relationship with Smart that caused 247sports.com’s Rusty Mansell to project Kamara to sign with Alabama over UGA)
Despite signing day less than five weeks away, Kamara has yet to set the dates for any official visits — which is almost unthinkable for a prospect of his stature.
However, that’s because Kamara has basically put the recruiting process aside while he focused on helping Norcross compete for a state championship. Two weeks ago, Kamara rushed for 141 yards and had a game-winning 69-yard touchdown catch in the 21-14 decision over Lovejoy for the Class AAAAAA title.
Kamara was named Mr. Georgia Football by the AJC.
He finished his senior season by rushing for 2,264 yards and 31 touchdowns.
UGA has a bigger need for Kamara than Alabama.
The Bulldogs only have one commitment at RB, AJ Turman of Orlando, who picked UGA over Tennessee. Kamara is high-ranked than Turman, and would give UGA a running back who is an equal threat to catch passes out of the backfield or at the slot position.
Alabama already has three commitments at running back, including former UGA 5-star commit Derrick Henry of Yulee, Fla., and Walton High School’s Tyren Jones, who is recovering from a season-ending knee injury.
Also, Carl Lawson was a speaker at Thursday’s event. He’s ranked as the No. 2 overall prospect by ESPN. While Lawson said he was “humbled” and “blessed” by the ranking, he also said “it’s not all it’s cracked up to be” and made it clear he is ready to end the recruiting process as soon as possible (he’s committed to Auburn but looking at a few other schools, including Clemson, Ole Miss, and Tennessee). Lawson also had a Q-and-A session with a reporter while on the stage; when asked about the status of his commitment to Auburn, Lawson smiled and said “no comment” while exiting to his seat.
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