Versatility helps 2013 ATH improve stock

ATLANTA -- Coming into last week, running back Alvin Kamara (Norcross, Ga./Norcross) had one offer from a FBS school. Kamara accepted an invite to the Rising Seniors program, and never complained when asked to transition to wide receiver. All the 5-foot-10, 193-pound junior did was lead both teams in receiving yards, capping off a week that established Kamara as possibly the most explosive athlete among the 90 participants.

It was just another day at the office for the 2013 prospect.

“I just came out here confident,” Kamara said calmy. “Never come out for a game nervous. All week I have been preparing for it.”

For a running back that racked up 1,100 yards and 16 touchdowns last year, those preparations included a position change.

“I was playing slot instead of running back, but I got the job done,’ Kamara said. “I already knew I could catch, so it was just a matter of getting the routes down. I was able to do that the first day, so it was really nothing.”

Though the East squad featured more heralded offensive weapons like Keyante Green (McDonough, Ga./Eagles Landing Christian Academy) and Tyshon Dye (Elberton, Ga./Elbert County), it was Kamara who made the biggest impact with 115 yards receiving. Alabama, Georgia, Southern Miss and Tennessee are showing interest, with Syracuse the first to offer. Kamara is hoping others take notice of his game performance, which was streamed live on WatchESPN.com.

“It felt good to get that first offer because I am kind of impatient, but I have learned that I have to wait,” Kamara said. “I hope everyone was able to see that I am versatile enough to play big-time college football. Hopefully this raised my stock.”

Strapping the pads on one last time in 2012 was a highlight of Rising Seniors, but it was definitely not the only one.

“The game was fun, but the experience of meeting all of these other athletes and the guest speakers is great,” Kamara said. “I would definitely recommend this program to the sophomore standouts for next year because Joe Burns and Izell Reese have really built something special.”

That Norcross standout also made a few friends along the way, including a pair of outspoken prospects who made their presence known during the week both on and off the field.

“I will definitely keep in touch with Reuben Foster and Tray Matthews, and Joshua Outlaw as well,” Kamara said. “Reuben and Tray hyped up the West defense all week, and Reuben definitely backed it up on the field. It came down a little bit when Foster came out, but you still had to worry about Tray back there. Tray almost got a good hit on me, but luckily I ducked.”

Kamara plans to take in junior days at Alabama and Georgia, and while his recruitment is still in the early stages, the Bulldogs could have a huge impact on his decision.

“If Georgia offered, they would definitely be at the top of the list,” Kamara said.