When asked if he had a leader Wednesday night, ESPN 150 running back Alvin Kamara (Norcross, Ga./Norcross) answered without hesitation.
“Norcross,” Kamara said.
Norcross has produced double-digit FBS signees over the last decade, but Kamara has done something none of them have done in the past -- lead his team to the semifinals of the playoffs. It was something he set out to do after losing in the first round of the playoffs to Dacula last year.
“I saw the looks on the faces of our seniors Anthony Autry and Jason Croom and I took it upon myself to give it my all toward getting to the state championship,” Kamara said. “Our season has reflected our goal we set in January of getting to that championship game.”
As does Kamara’s performance on the field this fall. The 5-foot-10, 192-pound tailback has run for 1,959 yards and scored 27 touchdowns for the Blue Devils. After the season is over, he knows he has another important step to take.
“I will then get into my recruitment and hopefully close out on my decision pretty soon,” Kamara said. “I will take officials to Alabama and Georgia and possibly Oregon.”
Schools like Clemson, Notre Dame, Miami and Oklahoma State have been by his school to see him this week. An official visit to Alabama was planned for the weekend, but his recruiter of record, Kirby Smart, decided he would be better off postponing the trip. With double-digit commitments expected in Athens this weekend for the senior banquet, that decision might end up working in the Bulldogs’ favor.
“Kirby Smart told me on Monday that he did not want to get in the way of my playoff run, so he rescheduled my official visit for January so I can focus on my high school team,” Kamara said. “I might have to make a little trip up to Athens on Saturday.”
Last Friday, Norcross traveled to Kingsland, Ga. and knocked off powerhouse Camden Co. 34-20. After the game, Kamara spent time talking with ESPN 150 quarterback Brice Ramsey (Kingsland, Ga./Camden County) and his mom, two people he has come to know very well during the recruiting process.
“Brice and me are really cool,” Kamara said. “Brice and his mom told me to make sure I take out Colquitt Co. and on Tuesday he texted me out of the blue asking me when I was going to commit to Georgia. He has been on me all season about that.
Speaking of moms, Kamara admits that although his mother is letting him make his own decision, her blessing would definitely add comfort to his choice. One program has already made a good impression on her.
“She has only been to Georgia and she likes it there and she likes Coach [Mark] Richt,” Kamara said. “Once I take these officials, we will see how she feels about it.”
On Saturday, Kamara was tuned in to the SEC Championship between Alabama and Georgia. Given that those programs are at the top as far as his recruitment is concerned, the game was of interest to the four-star tailback.
“The SEC Championship game was crazy,” Kamara said. “I knew Georgia had a good chance of beating Alabama, but I was surprised how well they jumped out on that Alabama defense. Georgia had to be able to run the ball to have a chance, and they showed they could do that.”