Alvin Kamara to Alabama: Crimson Tide Land 4-Star RB Recruit

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IFebruary 6, 2013

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Alvin Kamara, one of the top all-purpose running backs in the 2013 class and a 4-star standout, has officially committed to Alabama.

Kamara is listed as the highest-rated all-purpose back in 2013 and the No. 42 overall prospect in the nation, according to 247Sports' composite rankings. So there's no doubt the Crimson Tide are getting a talented young player. 

At 5'10", 195 pounds, the product of Norcross High School in Georgia doesn't have overwhelming size, but his strength and overall power give him the makeup of an every-down back nonetheless.

Just check out this gushing scouting report from ESPN:

Kamara is a stronger, more powerful version of Randy "Duke" Johnson from last year's class (who signed with Miami) and while they are similar in height, Kamara possesses far more bulk, strength and lower body power to be a feature back downhill or as a one-back zone guy. Vision to and through the hole is excellent and he has experience playing in a downhill, power scheme. Runs low to the ground and with good lean, allowing him to pick and slide through traffic without exposing himself to big hits.

And that might not even be the most impressive part of his game.

Kamara is dangerously quick. A 4.55-second 40-time might not make your jaw drop, and he isn't a true home-run hitter, but his slalom-like cutting and his ability to hit the holes without hesitation will make him a true force at the next level.

Moreover, Kamara has versatility. He has good hands, runs solid routes and will be a good weapon coming out of the backfield. There's no doubt the Crimson Tide will welcome that kind of versatility with open arms.

To make it nice and simple: The talented running back is really good at football and will be making plays at the collegiate level for several years to come.