Kamara: 7-on-7s rev up coaches

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. – While ESPN 150 running back Alvin Kamara (Norcross, Ga./Norcross) is hitting the 7-on-7 tournament circuit, college programs are chasing after him.

“Recruiting is still crazy for me,” Kamara said. “A lot of schools are trying to push a little harder, trying to come up and make it into my top five. Oregon just offered and they are pushing really hard for me. Alabama and Georgia too. So a lot of schools are just trying to impress me right now, showing me a lot of love, sending me hand-written letters from all the coaches.”

Kamara’s postal carrier is getting a workout. Earlier this year, Alabama sent the speedster 105 letters on the same day. Some of his new suitors will need to catch up.

“Oregon just came into play,” Kamara said.

“I met their running backs coach, [Gary] Campbell, and he seems like a nice guy. I just need to get around him more and talk to him more.”

In the meantime Kamara is watching events unfold rather than taking part.

“I do pay attention to the other running backs that have committed and what they are doing,” Kamara said. “I kind of follow them and what they are doing. I see what is going on with Derrick [Henry], but I don’t want to get into that situation. I am looking -- but from a distance.”

That is not to say that Kamara has not been active. In fact, he has begun to narrow down his choices.

“I have a little list in my head but I don’t want to release it quite yet,” Kamara said.

His hesitancy comes from the fact that he still has a few trips to make before he names his top schools publicly. On June 2 he visited Alabama.

“I spoke with the coaches there, Nick Saban and Coach [Kirby] Smart. It went well,” Kamara said.

“I was supposed to be at USC but that didn’t work out. I really don’t have anything planned; I am just doing it on spur of the moment whenever I get a chance. I will try to work on a schedule next week.”

On Thursday Kamara was in Athens with his Norcross teammates competing in the Mark Richt 7-on-7 event. He led his team to the finals, scoring more than 10 touchdowns that day. He spoke to the Georgia coaches as well.

“I talked to Coach [Bryan] McClendon, Coach [Mike] Bobo and Coach Richt while I was there,” Kamara said.

One of his fellow running backs, Myles Autry, is being recruited by the Bulldogs and expects an offer soon.

“That is my little protégé,” Kamara said. “I am trying to keep the legacy going after I leave. Myles is maturing and becoming a better player. He is really learning from what I am doing and he is incorporating some of the stuff I do into his game. Even though he is a year under me, a junior, he is becoming a leader.”

Autry is not only learning how to run like Kamara, but also how to handle the pressures of being a big-name recruit.

“Recruiting is going to get big for him,” Kamara said. “I will tell him not to get caught up in the hype of the glitz and the glamour of coaches talking to you. Because they are going to tell you all positive things and nothing negative. So just do what you feel is right and keep a level head about it.”

Kamara says one of the biggest issues in recruiting is trust. When asked what coaches or coaching staffs he trusts, he didn’t hesitate to answer.

“The Georgia coaching staff definitely,” Kamara said. “Coach Richt is a really good man and I feel good about him. Coach Saban -- everybody thinks he is some kind of crazy stiff guy, but he is great to talk to. They win games, he is about business and it is great talking to him. I trust him.”