Alabama vs. Georgia: Biggest Recruiting Battles Between Bulldogs and Tide

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIINovember 28, 2012

Via 247Sports
Via 247Sports

The Alabama Crimson Tide and Georgia Bulldogs will meet up in this year's SEC Championship Game, and a spot in the BCS National Championship isn't the only thing on the line.

This is a game that could go a long way in determining the decisions of some very key recruits that have both programs near or at the top of their interests list.

Not only would the winner go to the national championship game, but they could also win over some very big recruiting names. Needless to say, this game is going to be huge on a lot of fronts.

Here are the biggest recruiting names that could be at stake depending on the outcome of the SEC championship game:


Laremy Tunsil, 5-star OT, Columbia High School (FL)

Laremy Tunsil has Georgia and Alabama as his top two according to 247Sports, followed by Florida State, so this is going to be an absolutely huge game in regards to his commitment.

Tunsil is 6'6'', 295 pounds and has all the intangibles that lead one to believe he can be an elite offensive tackle in the SEC. He would fit both program's offensive lines extremely well, and a huge recruiting win for either school.

Alabama could get a big boost for Tunsil by winning the right to play in their second straight national championship game, but if Georgia pulls of the upset they would make a huge statement to recruits all across the country, including Tunsil.


Montravius Adams, 5-star DT,  Dooly County High School (GA)

Adams is easily one of the most talented players in the 2013 class—ranked No. 2 overall by 247Sports—and he has both Alabama and Georgia in the top five on his 247Sports interest list.

He's been one of the marquee names of this recruiting class, and will be a marquee win for whichever program lands his commitment. He's big, strong, fast and athletic, and he'll be a difference-maker on the defensive line. He projects to be able to play the 3-tech or even 5-tech, so would be a good fit in both Alabama and Georgia's defensive fronts.

Georgia may have the most to gain or lose in this contest though.

Adams is from the state of Georgia, so I can only imagine that having his home-state team play in the BCS Championship Game would be a huge deal for the 5-star recruit, and that just may be enough to give them the edge over Alabama and the rest of the programs in the running.


Alvin Kamara, 4-star RB, Norcross High School (GA)

Alvin Kamara is another recruit from the state of Georgia that has the Bulldogs and Crimson Tide listed as the final two on his interest list, according to 247Sports.

Georgia is currently the leader for Kamara's commitment, so getting a win against Alabama could be enough to keep them on top of his list. There's also the fact that Alabama's depth chart at running back is populated with a ton of talent, and that doesn't even count 5-star running back/athlete Derrick Henry, who's committed to Nick Saban's 2013 class.

Georgia does have the commitment of 2013 4-star back A.J. Turman, and their current star running backs Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall are both freshmen, but if there's anything we've learned this year about the Bulldogs' offense, it's that they have no problem utilizing more than one back.

Gurley has 1,138 yards and 14 touchdowns on the year. Marshall has 720 yards and eight touchdowns, and even sophomore Ken Malcome has pitched in with 272 yards and two touchdowns.

At 5'10'', 192 pounds Kamara could be a good change-of-pace back for Mark Richt and the Bulldogs in the future (he runs a 4.55 40 according to, and if they can beat Alabama for the opportunity to potentially win the National Championship, they just may be able to secure his commitment.


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