Alvin Kamara: Highlights, Scouting Report for 4-Star Recruit

Full RideB/R VideoJanuary 3, 2013

Ranked as the fourth-best all-purpose back by, 4-star recruit Alvin Kamara is one of the most explosive athletes in the country.

At 5’10”, 195 pounds, Kamara has the bulk, strength and power to drive his legs to be a featured back in any number of systems.

During his senior season at Norcross High School (Norcross, Georgia), Kamara carried the ball 303 times for 2,264 yards and 26 touchdowns, averaging nearly 7.5 yards per carry.

Over the past two years, Kamara has racked up 3,564 rushing yards and 43 touchdowns on the ground while playing in a downhill, power scheme.

He has outstanding vision through the hole and runs with a low center of gravity, allowing him to get through traffic without taking big hits. While he’s solidly built, taking fewer shots never hurt a running back.

While all of this is apparent when you watch him on tape, it’s his footwork and agility that really stand out. Not only can he start-and-stop on a dime, but Kamara loses very little speed when cutting back thanks to exceptional lateral quickness and agility.

When he bounces it outside of the tackles, he has enough top-end speed to get into—and past—the second level of the defense, changing his speed to keep defenders off-balance.

That combination of strength and speed allows him to move the pile, break through arm tackles and become a major game-changer at the next level.

Kamara isn’t a one-trick pony, however. His hands are solid, and his footwork, burst and nose for the ball make him an effective receiver out of the backfield.

When you see Alvin Kamara play, you'll understand the potential impact that he could have on a program.

For those looking for a comparison, Kamara plays like a bigger, stronger version of Miami’s Duke Johnson.

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