NCF On The Trail: Alvin Kamara

Top early enrollees: SEC 

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Newcomers to the SEC made a huge impact throughout the conference this past season. From running back Jalen Hurd at Tennessee, to offensive tackle Cam Robinson at Alabama and to wide receivers D'haquille Williams and Speedy Noil at Auburn and Texas A&M, respectively, these prospects who enrolled last January left their mark on the 2014 football season. Whether it be junior college transfers or true freshmen, these newcomers are counted on every year to help fill voids. Here's a closer look at some of the top candidates who are likely to make an impact early on in their collegiate careers.

Midyear additions: Tennessee

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Tennessee has announced the addition of 10 players to its football roster, according to UTSports.com:

Andrew Butcher, DE
HT: 6-3 WT: 249
Positional Rank: No. 8 DE
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (No. 67)
Under Armour All-American

Quinten Dormady, QB-PP
HT: 6-4 WT: 210
Positional Rank: No. 14 QB-PP
Stars: 4

Stephen Griffin, S
HT: 6-3 WT: 187
Positional Rank: No. 47 S
Stars: 3

Chance Hall, OT
HT: 6-4 WT: 292
Positional Rank: No. 43 OT
Stars: 4

Jauan Jennings, ATH
HT: 6-3 WT: 186
Positional Rank: No. 16 ATH
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (No. 185)

Jack Jones, OG
HT: 6-4 WT: 271
Positional Rank: No. 9 OG
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (No. 112)
Under Armour All-American

Alvin Kamara, RB
HT: 5-10 WT: 200
Positional Rank: No. 2 RB (JC)
Stars: 4
ESPN JC 50 (No. 2)

Darrin Kirkland Jr., ILB
HT: 6-2 WT: 228
Positional Rank: No. 7 ILB
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (No. 271)

Kyle Phillips, DT
HT: 6-3 WT: 260
Positional Rank: No. 18 DT
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (No. 164)

Shy Tuttle, DT
HT: 6-3 WT: 310
Positional Rank: No. 6 DT
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (No. 41)
Under Armour All-American

Can another strong class get Vols over the hump? 

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Coach Butch Jones has done a tremendous job of recruiting in his first few years on the job at Tennessee. The Vols finished with a top-five class last year and are on pace for a top-10 class this season, as well. The Volunteers, who currently have the sixth-ranked recruiting class in the country, have 26 commitments, including nine who rank among the ESPN 300.


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Midterm junior college signing day winners are headlined by Ole Miss and Oklahoma, but they weren’t the only programs that improved Wednesday.

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Jordan Howard rushed for 1,600 yards at UAB this season, and now that the program has been shuttered, recruiters are lining up to get his transfer. Plus, with the Brady Hoke news, Michigan lost four-star tight end commitment Chris Clark. So where do recruits think he’ll end up?


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Top juco prospect comparisons 

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For every recruiting class that includes junior college signees, there is a high-risk, high-reward proposition because most juco prospects are expected to provide immediate help while not having much time to prepare for such a role. Some are up to the task and become immediate difference-makers such as Auburn’s D’haquille Williams. Here are three prospects in the ESPN JC 50, as well as current college stars we feel they resemble with their skillsets.


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Vols RB commit Alvin Kamara is drawing comparisons to a former four-time Pro-Bowl selection after his fast start. Plus, Michigan seemed to be in great shape for ESPN 300 DE Keisean Lucier-South, but now the Wolverines’ chances are fading quickly.

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Juco recruits to watch: SEC 

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Generally SEC teams build their football programs by recruiting the top high school prospects in the country. Sometimes, however, the prospects don’t have the grades to qualify, there are transfers from other programs, or they just slip through the cracks and try to go the junior college route instead of signing with a lower level school. With the debut of the 2015 Juco Watch List, the SEC has 17 prospects already committed who are on the list.


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Early Offer: Sunderland a key get for OU 

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Oklahoma landed two high-profile recruits this weekend, but scoring a pledge from ESPN 300 safety Will Sunderland Jr. is about as big as it gets. Plus, Boston College will be able to use its victory over then top-10 USC as a big selling point on the recruiting trail.


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The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today’s offerings: The SEC’s raid on talent continued over the weekend as Tennessee, a team that hasn’t been talked about much despite a top-10 ranking, reeled in an impressive trio of commitments. Plus, Arizona State and Stanford have developed into rivals both on the field and on the recruiting trail, which makes the battle to land one of the nation’s best receivers even more entertaining.

Tennessee's class is getting overlooked


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Will Carter continue Alabama pipeline? 

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SUWANEE, Ga. – There is never a shortage of highly coveted football prospects in the state of Georgia. While it remains to be seen if anyone in the 2014 class will be rated as highly as 2013 standouts Robert Nkemdiche or Montravius Adams, there are already a couple defensive recruits that can stake claim to being recruited by just about every prominent program in the country. Raekwon McMillan is one, and Lorenzo Carter is the other.


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ESPN 150 RB Kamara signs with Bama 

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NORCROSS, Ga. -- The rich get richer.

ESPN 150 running back Alvin Kamara (Norcross, Ga./Norcross) has been well aware of the running backs on campus at Alabama, as well as the three other ESPN 150 prospects slated to vie for carries in the Crimson Tide backfield this fall. But the No. 32 prospect in the country still chose to sign with Alabama on Wednesday, choosing the back-to-back national champions over in-state University of Georgia.

Simply put, Kamara is not afraid of competition. He said as much Monday night during a tweetchat feature at RecruitingNation.

“I feel like I can go into camp, do what I am supposed to do on the field and off the field, make an impact, give my team a chance to win a national championship, make some plays and hopefully get on ESPN,” Kamara said.

Georgia was thought to be the leader for Kamara last year, and some felt the Bulldogs would land the 5-foot-11, 192-pound running back by the end of the summer. But Kamara held off on committing, and Alabama made it a two-team race for the next six months.

Recruiter of record Kirby Smart was the first to start recruiting Kamara in the spring after his sophomore season, and the two built up a strong relationship over the next two years. After several trips to Tuscaloosa, Ala., Kamara felt more and more comfortable with the campus and the team, and the Tide emerged as the leader late in January.

What is the impact of Kamara's decision?


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Alvin Kamara: TweetChat 

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Running back Alvin Kamara (Norcross, Ga./Norcross) will decide between Alabama and Georgia on signing day, announcing his decision at 3:35 p.m. ET on ESPNU. While it was thought that the Bulldogs were the team to beat several times last year, it seems the Crimson Tide are sitting pretty to add a fourth ESPN 150 running back in the 2013 recruiting cycle.

On Monday night, he consented to answer some questions that were submitted by fans on Twitter using the hashtag #AskKamara. Be sure to follow him at @A_kamara6.


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NSD TV announcement schedule

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National signing day is just around the corner on Feb. 6. That day, a number of the nation’s top football recruits will announce their college destinations and 18 ESPN 300 prospects are scheduled to do so on ESPNU.

Below is the full schedule of announcements on ESPNU, which kicks off with the nation’s No. 1 overall prospect, Robert Nkemdiche, making his long-awaited decision at 7:30 a.m. ET.

Note: All times are Eastern

RB Alvin Kamara slow to tip hand 

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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.


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