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Five things I learned this weekend

10/10/2011

Kamara receives first offer

It looks like 2013 is shaping up to be a good year for running backs in Georgia. Keyante Green (McDonough, Ga./ Eagles Landing Christian Academy) , Wayne Gallman (Loganville, Ga./Grayson), and Tyshon Dye (Elberton, Ga./Elbert Co.) all have offers and Alvin Kamara (Norcross, Ga./Norcross) just received his first offer.

“Syracuse offered on Friday,” Kamara said. “I wasn’t expecting it. I was in class and my coach texted me but my phone was dead. I was very surprised. I don’t know much about them but I know they are a very good school. Tyrone Wheatley is recruiting me for Syracuse.”

Kamara, 5-foot-10 and 193 pounds, says there are several other teams showing a lot of interest, including Georgia Tech, Alabama, Georgia and Southern Miss.

“Georgia Tech is recruiting me very hard right now,” Kamara said. “I have been there three or four times already and I like that school. They are close to home and the coaching staff is very cool. I like the feel of that big-time football. They are off to a good year and I was kind of expecting them to have a good season. I am not surprised they are unbeaten.

“Georgia, Alabama and USM are also showing a lot of interest in me,” Kamara said. “I went to Georgia for the Mississippi State and it was very cool. I really liked it and have never been to Athens before. This summer I camped at Tennessee, but I have not heard much from them yet.”

Kamara has rushed the ball for 767 yards and eight touchdowns this season in six games.

“I am speedy and powerful,” Kamara said. “I get the tough yards and beat people to the outside. I have good vision and balance. I am looking at the coaching staffs. I want to play for a staff where we don’t butt heads. I would like to play as a freshman. But I don’t want to rush into a decision. I may not make it for a while and it will definitely be next season.”

Kallon to visit Auburn?

Georgia Tech defensive end commit Francis Kallon (Lawrenceville, Ga./Central Gwinnett) remains a very hot prospect. Despite his pledge to the Yellow Jackets over the summer, he continues to land scholarship offers. First, it was Tennessee a few weeks agom the Auburn just offered the four-star prospect on Friday.

And there will be more offers. Alabama has been rumored to be close to offering and plenty others are watching the 6-5, 250-pound Kallon, who is the No. 19 DE in the nation.

Central Gwinnett coach Todd Wofford said Kallon will make an unofficial visit to Auburn this weekend when the Tigers host Florida. Auburn has a commit from junior linebacker Trey Johnson, Kallon's teammate.

Should Paul Johnson and Georgia Tech be concerned? Certainly. I have always believed that if a prospect visits a school that school has a chance. But this is not your normal recruit. Kallon, from London, England, is new to the game of football. He just started playing this spring. He’s learning the game, the teams and just wants to experience a little variety of college football. Kallon continues to say that’s he’s firmly committed to Tech and just wants to get out and get a taste of the different schools and game venues.

But at what point will enough be enough for Johnson? He has been known to drop committed prospects who look around.

I think you have to treat this one a little differently and that’s exactly what Johnson is doing at this point.

These guys can run too

ESPNU 150 QBs Jameis Winston (Hueytown, Ala./Hueytown) and Anthony Alford (Petal, Miss./Petal) made plays as usual, but it was with their legs as much as their arms.

Winston, the No. 1 QB in the nation, was without four receivers this past weekend when Hueytown took on Fairfield. In all, six Hueytown players were suspended for breaking team rules. Winston scored on runs of 66 and six yards in the first half and added an 11-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter. In between he threw a 26-yard touchdown pass, as well as his first interception of the season. Still, Hueytown won 35-22, protecting its No. 1 ranking in 5A.

Meanwhile, Alford was coming of a 200-yard, four TD rushing performance from a week ago and this week, he ran for 63 yards and two scores. The 6-foot, 210-pound also threw for 265 yards and three touchdowns in a 48-27 win over Brandon.

Winston has committed to Florida State, while Alford, the No. 13 athlete in the country, remains undecided among teams like Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Southern Miss, South Carolina, LSU, Nebraska, Alabama, and others.

Fournette feeling it

It was just a matter of time before sophomore Leonard Fournette (New Orleans, La./St. Augustine) got his groove back. After suffering a shoulder separation in a jamboree against New Orleans Edna Karr in August, Fournette is putting up some impressive numbers. Against Hahnville he rushed for 208 yards and three scores a few weeks ago. Then he rushed for 123 yards against Marerro (La.) Archbishop Shaw. This weekend against Holy Cross, he rushed for 167 and a touchdown.

Fournette, 6-foot and 215 pounds, currently has 689 yards and six touchdowns in limited action this fall. As a freshman, he rushed for 1,762 yards and 22 scores.

Barring injury, Fournette will be one of the most highly sought after running back prospects in the Class of 2014.

Alexander to announce on Tuesday

Vadal Alexander (Buford, Ga./Buford) will decide between LSU, Alabama and Auburn on Tuesday. Alexander, No. 73 in the ESPNU 150, visited LSU this weekend and both the Tigers and Crimson Tide in September. Alexander, 6-5, 300 pounds and the nation’s No. 3 offensive guard, is originally from New Orleans.