Sunday, January 20, 2013
Alvin Kamara recaps Bama visit
By Kipp Adams
Official visit No. 1 is over for ESPN 150 prospect Alvin Kamara (Norcross, Ga./Norcross). The 5-foot-10, 192-pound tailback is on his way back from checking out Alabama, and the reigning National Champions showed him what he was looking for.
“The visit went well -- Alabama pretty much just showed me why they are still in the running for my talents,” Kamara said. “I got all the questions that I had answered and I know if I chose to go there it would be a good choice.”
Those questions included how Kamara would be utilized if he were to sign with the Tide, which would give Alabama commitments from four ESPN 150 prospects hoping to get touches in the Crimson Tide's backfield.
“Coach (Nick) Saban basically broke down the running back depth by productivity and injury,” Kamara said. “I already know about the three in my class and it doesn't scare me. I feel that the role I play will be based on what I put in and if I take advantage of the opportunities I'm given.”
Kamara said his favorite part of his official to Alabama was seeing up close the unique bond present among the coaching staff.
“What really stood out is how close all of the coaches’ families are,” Kamara said. “Everybody is so comfortable around each other, so it makes it easy to have fun.”
Speaking of family, an important aspect of this trip was allowing for Kamara’s family to see what would his future would be like if he chose to play for the powerhouse Crimson Tide.
“I really think it was good that my sister and my mom got to experience it because they never have,” Kamara said. “The only person that has been here with me is my sister’s boyfriend and he came this time too.”
Kamara said he got to hang out with several players, talk to the staff, and reiterated that this trip was mostly for his family’s benefit. The No. 4 running back prospect in the country was not the only prominent recruit on campus at Alabama over the weekend, as Kamara was joined by a few familiar faces.
“Reuben Foster definitely is my main dude,” Kamara said. “Vonn Bell and Montravius Adams are my boys too. They all good players and it would be fun to play with them if it were to happen like that. We haven't really talked specifically about it, but we are aware of it. And we know that could be huge if it did happen.”
Next weekend Kamara will make the one hour trek over to Athens to check out the in-state Bulldogs. It has been a two-team battle between Alabama and Georgia for several months, and Kamara says this trip will be vital to his final decision.
“The next official visit is crucial because Georgia is also high on my list,” Kamara said. “So Georgia has to answer the questions I have and I have to be able to be comfortable in Athens and around the staff and players.”
Kamara said he is considering taking a third official visit to Clemson, FSU or Tennessee, although it will be a mid-week visit, as he has family plans the weekend of Feb. 1.