Alabama Football Recruiting: Why 4-Star RB Alvin Kamara Should Be No. 1 Target

Sanjay KirpalaniNational Recruiting AnalystJanuary 17, 2013

One of the biggest recruiting targets remaining for Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide is Norcross, Ga. running back Alvin Kamara.
One of the biggest recruiting targets remaining for Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide is Norcross, Ga. running back Alvin Kamara.John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Nick Saban’s affinity for Norcross, Ga., star running back Alvin Kamara has not faded, despite Alabama’s recruiting class currently holding pledges from three of the nation’s top prospects at the same position (h/t, Michael Carvell,

The desire to land Kamara is still strong nearly a year after Saban’s mailing spree. That is largely due to the Peach State product’s explosiveness and his ability to bring a versatile dimension to the Tide’s offensive attack. 

While needs at offensive tackle and defensive end are still somewhat prevalent, Alabama’s running game has been the hallmark of its program under Saban. Specifically, Saban has relied on having an arsenal of backs that attacks opponents in waves. 

A quick glance at the roster will reveal Alabama is not exactly hurting at any of these positions. With scarce needs and spots available, why not strengthen the position that has become synonymous with the club’s recent dominance? 

Given that Alabama is still the current “it” program in the recruiting world, the Tide can afford to be selective and chase only the best of the best. 

Forget about the fact that Alabama’s backfield is stacked with three former 5-star backs that will be underclassmen in 2013.

At 5’10”, 195 pounds and blessed with speed, hands and vision, Kamara’s entire package is simply too enticing to pass up.

Kamara is just as dangerous running between the tackles as he is working as a receiver out of the backfield, and adding him to an emerging cast of skill weapons will ensure the offense is stacked with playmakers for years to come. 

Factor in his competitiveness—which is best evidenced by a monstrous senior campaign that saw him rush for 2,264 yards and lead his team to an unbeaten record and a state title—and you can see why Kamara has no fear of entering the mix with T.J. Yeldon and company in Tuscaloosa or any other school that has a loaded depth chart. 

Still not convinced that Kamara could put Alabama’s offensive class in another stratosphere?  Consider this testimonial from Colquitt County (Ga.) head coach (and former Hoover High School coach) Rush Propst—whose team fell victim to one of Kamara’s outbursts in the playoffs (h/t, Todd Holcomb, 

If I were on the next level recruiting a kid, he’d be the No. 1 back that I’d go after.  He can run inside the box with physicality and run outside with speed, and he has the ability to make you miss. And the other thing that sets him above the rest is that he can catch the football. He can beat you as a receiver.

The battle for the 4-star Under Armour All-American will come down to the Tide and home-state power Georgia, per Michael Carvell of 

Alabama will host him for his official visit this weekend while the Bulldogs will get the final crack at him next weekend. 

Adding a player like Kamara—who is a legit home run threat every time he touches the ball as a runner or receiver—on top of fellow running back commits Derrick Henry, Altee Tenpenny and Tyren Jones would give the Tide the most talented and diverse group of running backs in the country.  

Saban is unquestionably one of the most tenacious recruiters in the country, and the way he has aggressively pursued Kamara to this point is a strong indicator of the importance of securing his signature on national signing day.