- Kipp Adams, Reporter, RecruitingNation
ESPN 150 running back Alvin Kamara (Norcross, Ga./Norcross) is coveted by colleges across the country, but at the moment two SEC programs stand out, with four other schools still in the mix.
"Georgia and Alabama are definitely up there as the top two," Kamara said. "Oregon is still in the mix, as is Tennessee, Oklahoma State and Florida State. But Georgia and Alabama are definitely the top two."
Kamara has not named a leader, but that could soon change.
"Neither are really in the lead because I have not been able to get up to Alabama or Georgia for a game," Kamara said. "After I visit each school I should be able to say who has an edge over the other."
No timeline has been set for a decision for the No. 52 prospect in the 2013 class. Kamara has yet to set any dates for his officials, but he confirmed plans to take at least two, one to Oregon and one to Oklahoma State.
"It is still early in September, so I just want to visit each school, set my officials and go from there," Kamara said.
Alabama has two ESPN 150 running backs committed in Altee Tenpenny (North Little Rock, Ark./North Little Rock) and Tyren Jones (Marietta, Ga./Walton), and are in the lead for ESPN 150 target Derrick Henry (Yulee, Fla./Yulee), who has mentioned plans to announce his commitment later this month. The Tide recently received a commitment from 2014 running Bo Scarbrough (Tuscaloosa, Ala./Northridge) and could be close to another in Racean Thomas (Oxford, Ala./Oxford). Five running backs are on the team in juniors Eddie Lacy and Jalston Fowler, redshirt freshman Dee Hart and true freshmen Kenyan Drake and T.J. Yeldon.
Georgia has yet to receive a commitment in the 2013 class from a running back, although Henry was previously committed to the Bulldogs. They do have a 2014 running back committed in Stanley Williams (Monroe, Ga./George Walton Academy). Three running backs on the team arrived on scholarship in sophomore Ken Malcome and true freshmen Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley, and junior walk-on Brandon Harton was awarded a scholarship for this year. Kamara sees similarities in the depth chart situation in Tuscaloosa and Athens.
"A lot of people say Alabama has a lot of running backs, but really I feel like they are in the same situation," Kamara said. "Jalston Fowler just went down, so that is one back gone. They have T.J Yeldon and Kenyan Drake, but they are pretty thin at running back too. Georgia has Todd Gurley, Keith Marshall, Ken Malcolme and walk-ons, so they are in a similar situation."
At first, Kamara mentioned the Bulldogs were the team recruiting him the hardest. But then he admitted that push is actually coming from some of his peers.
"Georgia is definitely recruiting me the hardest, with Shaq Wiggins (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek), Tray Matthews (Newnan, Ga./Newnan) and all of them," Kamara said. "Coach Kirby Smart and them are really persistent, so Alabama’s coaching staff is on me harder."
His Norcross Blue Devils have notched three impressive wins vs. three Gwinnett County programs this fall, including a 20-0 victory over a Parkview squad that just beat Grayson, the No. 1 team in the country, 22-7.
Kamara has done his part to help, with 54 carries for 338 yards and three touchdowns. He has also learned an important aspect of being a team leader.
"So far it has been pretty good," Kamara said. "Our defense and offense are playing great and the young guys are stepping up and helping us win games. I have figured out that every run is not going to be a big run. I am not worried about me, I just want everyone to get their chance and for us to win as a family."