Former Alabama running back Alvin Kamara, the No. 1 all-purpose back and No. 42 overall player in last year's 247Sports composite rankings, is reportedly meeting with coaches at Clemson about a potential transfer, according to 247Sports.com (VIP Access required).
Via Chris Huston of College Football Talk:
Former Alabama running back Alvin Kamara might be considering a transfer to Clemson, according to a report on Monday from 247Sports.com.
Apparently, Kamara will be meeting with Tigers running backs coach Tony Elliot on Monday night. If the signs are correct, Clemson could be the team to beat for his services over Florida State and Oklahoma State.
Alabama granted Kamara his release from his scholarship on Friday, the result of a logjam at running back and some behavioral issues. During his redshirt freshman season of 2013, the Crimson Tide suspended Kamara from practice before both the LSU game and the Sugar Bowl.
With T.J. Yeldon and fellow Class of 2013 back Derrick Henry ahead of him—along with others like Altee Tenpenny—Kamara would have been hard-pressed to find a consistent role in the Tide backfield, especially after landing in Nick Saban's doghouse. Because of his talent and his ability to help another program, the move from Tuscaloosa appears mutually beneficial to both sides.
I have nothing but respect for coach saban and Alabama as a whole organization. It just wasn't the right fit for me.— Alvin Kamara (@A_kamara6) January 18, 2014
Clemson could use a player of Kamara's pedigree in the backfield. The Tigers lost Andre Ellington after 2012 and will now lose Roderick McDowell, who rushed for over 1,000 yards this past season. Kamara still has four years of eligibility remaining and would become the program's (hopeful) running back of the future, despite having to sit out the 2014 season following the transfer.
Where Should Kamara Transfer?
Kamara is only 5'10" but has a thick, powerful frame and can do a little bit of everything on the field. ESPN compared him to Miami's Duke Johnson coming out of high school, which seems a fair assessment of his quickness and versatility. He just needs to get his head on straight.
If he does, Kamara could be a very nice fit at Clemson, where Dabo Swinney and Chad Morris have turned similar players, such as Ellington, into NFL contributors.
Florida State and Oklahoma State can make similar claims, however, and both would like to get their hands on a runner this talented.