January 24, 2012

2013 back gains offer

It's always great to get noticed.

Although college coaches couldn't attend the Rising Seniors Bowl held in Atlanta on December 30, everyone else in attendance witnessed an incredible performance by Norcross athlete Alvin Kamara.

Kamara came into the game ready to play running back, but did most of his damage as a slot receiver with eight catches for 117 yards.

The home state Georgia Bulldogs must have some how gotten the word, as they are the first SEC school to offer Kamara a scholarship.

"Coach (Mark) Richt and Coach (Bryan) McClendon came and saw me on Friday," said Kamara. "I think Coach Richt just wanted to get a look at me and stuff. Then Coach McClendon stopped by yesterday and said that they were going to go ahead and offer."

Kamara currently holds and offer from Syracuse, but he considers the offer from UGA to be a bit more special.

"It means a lot to get this offer," said Kamara. "It feels good that they are showing me the kind of love they are showing other in state guys. I felt really good when they offered me."

The Peach State playmaker is also very familiar with what the Richt and the Bulldogs have to offer him at the next level.

"I watch Georgia a lot and grew up watching Georgia," he said. "I feel good about the program. They had a good year this year and my running backs coach, Coach Warren, is a big Georgia fan so he's always talking to me about Georgia. I like it."

Kamara is listed as an athlete by Rivals.com, but UGA told him exactly where they would use him if they can get him on campus.

"They offered me as a traditional running back," said Kamara. "They know I can do other things, but they told me I would be a running back. Coach McClendon talked to me about the guys they have on campus and committed and he just told me that I would be there and fresh so all of the backs could stay fresh and make plays. I'm not intimidated by competition at all."

At 5-foot-10, 190-pounds, Kamara is one of the fastest players in the state for 2013, but he doesn't just rely on his speed as a football player.

"My speed is very important to me," said Kamara. "But I also rely on my balance and power. I think that is what gives me the edge over other athletes. There were a lot of great athletes at that Rising Senior's game, but I believe my balance and power helped me do so well."

Since 2012 National Signing Day has yet to come, the 2013 version seems to be an eternity away, and Kamara has no plans of making a quick decision.

"I'm not going to rush into anything right now," said Kamara. "I'm going to take my time and go to camps and workouts this summer. I definitely want to wait until a little later in my senior year to commit."

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