Running back Alvin Kamara will be taking an official visit to Alabama on the weekend of December 8, and while adding another running back isn't necessarily a necessity for Nick Saban and his staff, the 4-star runner would be a great addition to Alabama's 2013 recruiting class.
Greg Ostendorf of ESPN relays the information of Kamara's visit on the Tide Nation message board, citing Kipp Adams of ESPN:
According to DawgNation's Kipp Adams, ESPN 150 running back Alvin Kamara will take his official visit to Alabama next weekend (Dec. 8). Kamara is high on both Alabama and Georgia, and the visit comes just a week after the two face off in the SEC title game.
The Tide already have commitments from a trio of running backs -- Derrick Henry, Tyren Jones and Altee Tenpenny -- but Kamara could be used in varous roles including the slot.
This is going to be a very important official visit for the Alabama Crimson Tide, if only because it will afford them with the chance to steal a big-time running back recruit away from Georgia.
Where will Kamara commit?
According to 247Sports.com, Georgia is on top of Kamara's interest list, followed by Alabama. Therefore, if Saban and his staff can sway the 4-star player away from his top interest, it would be a huge win for the Tide.
So what does Alabama have to pitch to Kamara during his visit?
The biggest thing the Tide will want to focus on is how Kamara could fit into the system, despite the crowded depth chart. The fact that they have commitments from two 4-star running backs in Altee Tenpenny and Tyren Jones, and a 5-star elite running back recruit in Derrick Henry, won't help their cause. Neither will the impressive freshman season from running back T.J. Yeldon.
Playing time at the running back position is going to be very hard to come by for Kamara at Alabama, and that's considering the fact that Saban doesn't have a problem using more than one back.
That said, Kamara is 5'10", 192 pounds (not big by any means) and runs a 4.55 40-yard dash, according to Rivals.com. Therefore, he could be utilized as a change-of-pace "scat-back" in Alabama's offense, or even as a slot player like Ostendorf suggested.
Saban is arguably the best coach in college football and his staff is excellent. Their best pitch would be to let Kamara know all the different ways they could utilize his talents on the offense. After all, if there's a coach in college football that can find a way to get the most out of a talented player, it would be Saban.
That, plus the fact that Alabama is a consistent national championship contender, would provide the Tide with a very strong pitch for the 4-star running back. It could be even stronger if they beat Georgia in the SEC title game to win a spot in their second straight national championship game.
Georgia should still be considered the favorite for Kamara by a long-shot, but that doesn't mean that Alabama doesn't have a chance. They have an elite program and an elite coach that can find ways to utilize his talent.
That's what the Tide need to pitch to Kamara during his official visit.