Tuesday, February 5, 2013
The Uncommitteds: Alvin Kamara
By Alex Scarborough
Editor's note: From now until signing day, TideNation will examine the remaining uncommitted prospects still considering the University of Alabama. Today, we look at ESPN 150 running back Alvin Kamara.
Alvin Kamara isn't concerned about the wealth of talent at running back at Alabama.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alvin Kamara isn't the least bit concerned about depth charts. The four-star running back has looked at Alabama's roster time and time again, and he isn't worried about the competition.
"Coach [Nick] Saban basically broke down the running back depth by productivity and injury," Kamara told ESPN following an official visit to UA in mid-January. "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."
Nevertheless, Kamara is interested in playing under Saban. And why not? Eddie Lacy stands to extend the streak of Alabama running backs taken in the first round of the NFL draft to three come April.
Kamara told ESPN that he got "the right vibe" from the program, adding that it "has a good bit of feng shui about it."
Chinese disciplines aside, it's safe to say Alabama has a good shot at landing Kamara's services come national signing day. The No. 32-ranked player in the ESPN 150 will make it official on Wednesday at 2:35 p.m. CT on ESPNU.
What his commitment would mean ...
In a way, Kamara is right. For a player with his skill set, the depth chart doesn't really tell the full story. At 5-foot-10 and 192 pounds, he's not like the rest of Alabama's running backs. He's not the between-the-tackles, downhill runner Crimson Tide fans are used to. He could leave that to Yeldon and Co., and instead focus on bringing something else to the table.
Kamara has good side-to-side quickness, excellent burst and good ball skills. He can run a 4.55 40-yard dash and has the type of hands that would allow him to play in the slot at the next level. In short, he's the type of third-down back Alabama has been missing.
Hart, a former top-10 prospect at running back coming out of high school in Florida, plays a similar style, but given his medical history, it's difficult to project just how much he'll be able to contribute. The redshirt freshman has torn a ligament in his knee each of the past two years.
Last we heard …
Kamara was supposed to leave Athens, Ga., two weekends ago with a leader to announce. Instead, he left campus feeling like he still had more to figure out. He had good visits to both Georgia and Alabama, and said he would feel comfortable going to either school.
"It is going to be one of those signing-day deals," Kamara said. "I will call one coach wherever I am going and call the other coach and tell him thank you."
On the eve of signing day, the time to make that call is fast approaching.