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Insider

Kamara not shying from future competition

6/16/2012

ATLANTA -- Lost in all of the news surrounding former Georgia commitment Derrick Henry and his possible flip to Alabama is four-star running back Alvin Kamara.

Henry’s decision could have a major effect on Kamara who’s believed to be favoring Alabama and Georgia. The Norcross, Ga., native was expected to be in Athens on Saturday to compete at UGA’s camp. He worked out in Tuscaloosa earlier this month.

“The camp went good,” Kamara said. “Coach [Nick] Saban just wanted to see me run around a little bit, so I did that. He was impressed with how I performed, and he said I was one of the best, if not the best, athlete out there.”

Alabama already has commitments from two ESPN 150 running backs -- Tyren Jones and Altee Tenpenny -- and the Tide are recruiting Henry to play running back as well. Still, the UA staff has made it clear they want Kamara, and he’s not concerned about the possible competition.

“I’m not worried about that with Tyren and Tenpenny,” Kamara said. “Me and Tyren are real cool, so we have an understanding. We’ve talked about it before, so we both have a pretty good understanding of the situation. Whatever happens, happens.”

There’s been a lot of talk that Jones, who is also a Georgia native, could flip to the Bulldogs depending on what happens, but his friend doesn’t believe that will happen.

“Tyren’s solid,” Kamara said. “That’s what he wants to do. That’s why he jumped on it right when he get the offer. He’s solid with what he wants to do. I know he made that decision for the right reasons.”

As for Kamara, he plans to narrow his list down soon, and he confirmed that both Alabama and Georgia will make the cut. He wants to make his decision before the start of his senior season at Norcross High School.

In July, the 5-foot-10, 190-pound prospect says he’s going to try to make it back to Tuscaloosa for the Tide’s last camp. He wants to bring his teammate and 2014 running back Myles Autry with him.

Autry has early offers from Georgia Tech and Syracuse, and he’s receiving interest from Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Maryland, Miami and Ohio State.