Alvin Kamara is one of the few uncommitted prospects that remains in the 2013 recruiting class. Kamara has narrowed his choices down to two schools—Alabama and Georgia—with one week remaining until signing day.
Both schools are great options for this talented back, but Kamara should land in Athens.
The first thing that a recruit will look at is playing time when considering a school. Looking at Alabama, there is a returning starter and three experienced backs: T.J. Yeldon, Kenyon Drake and Jalston Fowler. Backup Dee Hart could also contribute next season.
The Tide also has Derrick Henry, Altee Tenpenny and Tyren Jones committed at running back for the 2013 class.
Kamara would make commit No. 4 at the position for the Tide.
The Bulldogs have one other running back currently committed in A.J. Turman, and they return two starters next season with Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley returning to Athens for their sophomore seasons.
The depth on the Georgia roster is extremely favorable for Kamara to come in and work his way into a backup role, or to see the field within the next two seasons. At Alabama he would be pushing through a position group as thick as paste, and would have an uphill battle against four experienced backs.
Both schools run similar offenses, but there are some differences. The Tide likes to run more play-action than Georgia, and the Bulldogs like to throw vertically more often than Alabama.
Georgia will use the passing game to open running lanes, while Alabama will force the ground game to open the pass. That’s where the production value for a back is different in the scheme.
At Alabama Kamara would be asked to be a bruiser or a little used speed back. He could handle both roles, but it doesn’t maximize his skill set.
If Georgia earns his signature, Kamara will be utilized from the backfield as a receiving threat and speed back. He would also be a downhill threat at times, throwing off a defense set on covering a finesse type player.
His role in the Bulldogs offense would be more versatile than the position he would be placed in at Alabama. Kamara may get lost in the shuffle on the Tide roster like the injured Dee Hart seems to be.
The Crimson Tide are effective at developing top running back talent if it fits a certain prototype, but since the arrival of Nick Saban and his offense, there hasn’t been an all-purpose type player that has excelled from the backfield.
An in-home visit is still to come from Mark Richt according to JC Shurburtt with 247Sports. That could be the final selling point needed to bring Kamara into the fold for Georgia.
Georgia is his best fit, and by signing day it should become clear for Kamara as well. I would be surprised if Kamara doesn’t end up a Bulldog.
Kamara is rated as the No. 1 all-purpose back and the No. 42 overall player in the country according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings.