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Commits sell UGA to RB Alvin Kamara

7/14/2012

When running back Alvin Kamara (Norcross, Ga./Norcross) walked out to the middle of the field at Georgia’s Dawg Night camp, he was immediately surrounded by coaches and prospects. Georgia cornerback commit Shaq Wiggins (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek) greeted him like a long lost friend and coach Mark Richt spoke to him at length. After that he settled in to watch the festivities.

“The camp was good,” Kamara said. “I got to watch everybody compete out there and hang out with my boys -- Shaq and all those guys. It was fun to hang out there with Coach [Todd] Grantham and Coach [Bryan] McClendon and all the other recruits.”

The other recruits pressured the ESPN 150 standout to go ahead and join the Bulldogs.

“They kept asking me, ‘When are you going to do it? When are you going to do it?’ Coach Richt -- he’s real laid back -- he said, ‘Don’t worry about that. Whenever you are ready.’ ”

The intense pressure from the Bulldogs’ commitments is nothing new for Kamara. With the decommitment of Derrick Henry (Yulee, Fla./Yulee) and the dismissal of Isaiah Crowell, the running back position for 2013 is in the spotlight. So where do the Bulldogs stand with Kamara after the camp?

“My interest in Georgia has increased,” Kamara said.

Other recruits at Dawg Night indicated that Kamara might be leaning toward the Bulldogs. When asked if that was true, Kamara said, “I guess you could say that.”

A couple of the Georgia lineman commits, Brandon Kublanow (Marietta, Ga./Walton) and Josh Cardiello (Buford, Ga./Buford) had a new approach to winning Kamara to the Bulldogs. At one point Kamara jumped on Kublanow’s back and the big lineman carried him around in some good-natured horseplay. Then things got serious.

“Brandon and Josh were over there killing those defensive linemen,” Kamara said. “So after that period was over they said, ‘How did you like that? How would you like that blocking for you?’ I enjoyed watching them block and stuff.”

Kamara is set to visit Alabama and Clemson and recently tweeted he is getting close to making a decision.