LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLA. — Alvin Kamara, the AJC’s Mr. Football, has two major decisions to make over the next month:
The biggest one is picking a college, with the Norcross High School running back listing Alabama and UGA as his co-leaders, and Oregon somewhere in the mix. He’s got a month to figure that out.
The other one is a little more pressing: Next week, Kamara will finally decide which college he will visit on Feb. 1, the final recruiting weekend before signing day.
“I’m not certain where I will take that last visit, I’m still trying to figure it out,” Kamara said. “Both Alabama and Georgia want that last visit, so I still got to wait and see.”
Kamara has developed close friendships with the assistants from both of his co-leaders who are in charge of recruiting him, Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart and UGA running backs coach Bryan McClendon. On Wednesday, Kamara talked to Smart just before Alabama’s team plane departed for the national championship game.
“It’s pretty intense about that last weekend,” Kamara said. “I guess it’s important to Alabama and Georgia because they both want me to see their school last, so it’s burned in my mind.”
Kamara said he will likely visit both as close as possible to signing day, even mentioning the possibility of doing a rare midweek visit to one a few days before he takes the other on Feb. 1.
“I could maybe go to Georgia on a midweek,” Kamara said. “It really doesn’t matter. Well see how that goes.”
At Under Armour practices this week, the 5-foot-10, 190-pounder has been praised for his speed and versatility. “It has been fun competing, and that’s all you can do,” Kamara said. “It’s 90 of the best guys in the nation, so you’ve got to bring your A game every day. I definitely feel like I fit in. At practice, I’ve been trying to separate myself from the others and been trying to shine.”
This past season, Kamara led Norcross to its first-ever state championship while rushing for 2,264 yards and 31 touchdowns.
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