Junior running back Alvin Kamara (Norcross, Ga./Norcross) got some big news Monday when the home state Bulldogs offered him a scholarship.
“Coach (Mark) Richt and coach (Bryan) McClendon came by last week,” Kamara said. “They wanted to see how I looked size wise. Then McClendon came by yesterday and said they were going to go ahead and offer me.”
This is Kamara’s second offer. His first came a few months ago from Syracuse. He’s excited that Georgia pulled the trigger and plans on getting up to Athens sometime soon.
“I did grow up watching UGA football. But the funny thing is I always wanted to play for Florida,” said Kamara with a chuckle. “Now, I don’t have a favorite. UGA likes as running back, and they are a school that I will be serious about. I like coach McClendon. He’s a cool guy and seems like a great guy. I like him a lot. I know if I went there I would feel good about spending my time with him. Coach Richt is also a cool guy and a very good coach.”
Kamara has been to Athens one time and that was this past season to watch the Bulldogs take on Mississippi State.
“It was pretty electric but cold that day. That’s what I remember but I really liked it,” Kamara said. “I want to get up to Athens again and soak it all up.”
This coming weekend is a big junior day weekend for many schools. Kamara will be heading west to check out Alabama.
“I am excited to go over there,” Kamara said. “I am hoping they offer. Another team close to offering me is Maryland. I know they stay in touch with my coaches here at Norcross. I don’t know of any of schools right now that I will check out this spring. I kind of want to check out Tennessee with Jason (Croom) and see what Knoxville is like. They are also recruiting me but not that hard right now.”
Kamara, 5-foot-10 and 190 pounds, rushed for more than 1,300 yards and 17 scores this past season. He’s a versatile back that can do a lot of things.
“I can catch out of the backfield and may line up a little in the slot this season,” Kamara said. “I have good speed and good field awareness. I can run between the tackles and up the sidelines. I have good balance and can take a hit. I never get tackled by the first defender that hits me.”