Sunday, January 13, 2013
Kamara gets visit from four SEC coaches
By Radi Nabulsi
On Saturday, ESPN 150 running back Alvin Kamara revealed to Recruiting Nation the order of his only two official visits between Georgia and Alabama. Both coaching staffs wanted to try to get in the last word with the coveted tailback before he makes a decision. Kamara has said he will have a clear leader after he completes his visits.
But neither staff is willing to wait until Kamara is on campus to try and sway the Under Armour All-American who jumped up to No. 32 in the final player rankings.
In fact, four of the Georgia coaches went to see Kamara on Sunday.
“Coach [Will] Friend, Coach [Bryan] McClendon, Coach [Mike] Bobo and Coach [John] Lilly all came by,” Kamara said. “Coach McClendon had told me he and Bobo were coming by but I didn’t know all of them were coming.”
Big numbers have been a theme in Kamara’s recruitment. The Alabama staff made national headlines when they sent Kamara 105 letters on the same day. Georgia hoped to show how much they want Kamara with four staffers coming by his house.
“I don’t really get caught up in all of that,” Kamara said. “I see all the stories about guys committing and decommitting saying, ‘They showed me a lot of love so I will show them love back by committing.’ I don’t let stuff like that determine what I am going to do.”
Still, he acknowledged having a roomful of Georgia coaches showed that he was a top priority for the Bulldogs.
“It is kind of impressive because I am sure they have other things to do,” Kamara said. “I mean it is Sunday. I think that is kind of like an off day.”
There are no days off for college coaches this close to national signing day, but that doesn’t mean recruiting is all work.
“We watched the Atlanta-Seattle game,” Kamara said. “We sat around the house and watched it. All of them were rooting for Atlanta. We didn’t talk any recruiting. My mom was in there with us. She is not easily impressed, but she was in there talking it up with them.”
Nick Saban and his staff will host Kamara on Jan. 18, but they also plan to see the four-star running back before he heads to Tuscaloosa, Ala.
“The Alabama coaches are coming by this week,” Kamara said. “I will talk to Kirby Smart and find out exactly when.”