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Sunday, January 27, 2013
RB Alvin Kamara slow to tip hand

By Radi Nabulsi


ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo is competitive. So much so he wouldn’t let visiting ESPN 150 running back Alvin Kamara (Norcross, Ga./Norcross) win at a game of spades. The four-star tailback said that it could have cost Georgia big.

“Bobo is a cheater,” Kamara said. “You know he is the offensive coordinator. I think he cut the deck and slid a card, slid the joker. It came down to the last round and him and Coach [Bryan] McClendon got us. I was mad. They are supposed to let us win. I am about to sign a letter of intent – if they let me win. But they are making it harder on me.”

Kamara was, of course, joking but he has maintained for months that he would have a leader after his official visits to Alabama and Georgia. As he left campus after completing his visit with the Bulldogs, he was not sure as to which school had the edge.

“I do not really have a leader,” Kamara said. “I still have to put it together in my head. I said I would have a clear leader after the two official visits, so after I get this stuff figured out in my head, I will.”

Kamara needs a little time to reflect on the visit, which by his account went well.

It went great,” Kamara said. “I just had a chance to get around the coaches, Coach McClendon, Coach [Mark] Richt, all those guys, Coach [Will] Friend. Reuben [Foster] was here, Montravius [Adams], Davin [Bellamy] and some other guys. It was a fun weekend, I got a chance to see Athens for real instead of just coming for one day and leaving.”

Kamara has visited both schools several times but over the last two Saturdays he was looking for “the right vibe” which would tell him where to go.

“I always got good vibes from Alabama and Tuscaloosa,” Kamara said. “Everything kind of flows and has a good bit of feng shui about it. Same here, not as comfortable, but like I said, this was my first time I was really here for an extended amount of time, so I just have to go off that.”

The 5-foot-10, 192-pound senior said that after this weekend there would “probably be no more visits,” and that once he names a leader, that school is with whom he will likely sign.

“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. I do not dread it because at the end of the day, somebody is going to get their feelings hurt. I wish I could clone myself and go to 18 different schools. If I could, I would do it in a second. I am not going to be a jerk about it; I will just be respectful, thank them for their time in this recruiting process and letting me be able to grow and make decisions.”

Kamara was hosted on his visit by Georgia tailbacks Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall.

“I really like Todd and Keith and I was thinking about just down the road, I could play with them,” Kamara said. “They are just really chill and really cool. They were not really pushing. They were just saying, ‘If you come here, it will just be us three.’ ”

Speaking of trios, the three other recruits on official visits with Kamara did mention playing together for the Bulldogs. And while it is unlikely that Georgia could land Kamara, Adams, Foster and Bellamy, the idea was bandied about.

“Every time we go on a visit somewhere, there is always some sort of ‘package deal,’ ” Kamara said. “We talked about the idea during dinner just because we are uncommitted this close to signing day. If it did fall in place like that, it would be crazy.”

Maybe Bobo should have folded.