Former Alabama running back Alvin Kamara is reportedly headed back to school.
He told 247Sports that he's planning to enroll at Hutchinson Community College (JUCO) in Kansas and that he'd be there no later than Friday, Feb. 21.
This announcement comes just days after the news of Kamara's arrest for driving on a suspended license, no driver’s license, safety belts required and failure to appear, according to Tyler Estep of the Gwinnett Daily Post. Per the report, he spent eight hours in jail before being released on $1,824 bail.
Kamara was a 4-star recruit in 2013 out of Norcross, but he didn't play for Alabama this past season and was suspended twice, according to Andrew Gribble of AL.com. Gribble also notes he didn't practice with the team before the Sugar Bowl which ultimately led to his decision to leave the program.
The young man was respectful in his departure, however, via his Twitter account:
With T.J. Yeldon and Derrick Henry—among others—ahead of him on the depth chart, it's not surprising Kamara didn't like the fit after seeing just how competitive the situation at Alabama was.
Because of his circumstances, Kamara will be considered a member of the 2015 class after playing for Hutchinson in the JUCO ranks during the 2014 campaign. Per 247Sports, he's set to graduate in December and will be free to sign with any program that is interested for the 2015 season.
He's been compared by ESPN.com to Miami's Duke Johnson: "Kamara is not just an impressive running back, he is a really impressive football player. Kamara is a stronger, more powerful version of Randy 'Duke' Johnson from last year's class..."
If Kamara shows the same form for Hutchinson that attracted 'Bama to him in the first place, then it's likely he'll have plenty of eager suitors. Production on the field won't likely be enough to land him a top gig, however, as teams will want to know if his past suspensions are truly behind him.
The future is in Kamara's hands. He clearly has the talent to make something of himself playing football at the highest level. Now, it's time to put the talent to work once again to take advantage of this fresh start.
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