The state of Georgia has always been known for great running backs.
Players like Herschel Walker, Garrison Hearst, Robert Edwards and Veron Haynes were standout players in high school and were able to translate it to the college game as they did big things for the Georgia Bulldogs.
Alvin Kamara just led his team to a Georgia Class 6A state championship, and it looked like he was going to be the next big running back for the Bulldogs.
But on national signing day, the second best all-purpose back in the county (according to Rival) decided to sign with the Alabama Crimson Tide.
It’s understandable that Kamara wants to go on a team that wins and wins on a consistent basis, but he has made a huge mistake by not picking the Bulldogs.
The primary reason is simple: He is not going to see carries in his first or even second year.
With T.J. Yeldon going into his second year with the Crimson Tide, he will be the featured back in Nick Saban’s one-back offense. Even if Yeldon goes down, the Crimson Tide have Kenyan Drake, who was in the same signing class as Yeldon.
Also, Alabama signed three other running backs that look to make an impact right away.
One of the running backs that have signed with the Crimson Tide is Tyren Jones, who is considered the second best running back in Georgia. So there’s a chance that Kamara could be beaten out by Jones and could be down to fourth or fifth on the depth chart.
If Kamara signed with the Bulldogs, he would not have seen a lot of action this year. But if Kamara took a redshirt this season, he would have seen some time on the field next year and would be the featured back in 2015, because there is a real good chance that Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley will be gone after their junior year.
Kamara could be thinking that he is good enough to beat out guys like Drake, Jones and Yeldon.
That could be true, but the way the offense is set up, Kamara will just be another guy. Yeldon is going to share carries with another back, despite being the No. 1 running back on the roster.
But there’s no guarantee any of this will happen. Because Kamara is not afraid of competition, he could see a lot of playing time this upcoming season. And there is that chance, if he did sign with the Bulldogs, that he would not be the go-to-guy in the next two years.
But looking at the situation right now, it’s very hard to say that Kamara made the right decision by picking the Crimson Tide over the Bulldogs.