July 24, 2012

Film Study: Alvin Kamara

With no running backs committed thus far in 2013, Georgia has had its eye on Norcross speedster Alvin Kamara since January.

The problem for Georgia is that the four-star standout high on a number of other teams' boards, and the Bulldogs are going to have to work hard for his commitment and subsequent signature on Signing Day.

Below, UGASports takes a look at why Kamara is not only one of the top running backs left on UGA's board, but also one of the top players.

Where he is great:< Kamara, like most speedy and sudden athletes is deadly in space. He makes sudden, sharp cuts and explodes out of those cuts with the acceleration that few players possess.

Kamara also has excellent hands and runs routes like a wide receiver. He gets in and out of his breaks just like he gets in and out of his cuts, and it allows him to create separation.

The Rivals250 prospect is also an elite leaper. He has close to a 40-inch vertical leap, and long arms that allow him to go up and get balls in the passing game that normal 5-foot-10 athletes can reach.

Getting to the edge and making plays outside of the hash marks is another big time strength of the Norcross native. Whether it is a perimeter screen, toss sweep, or an outside zone play, Kamara is more powerful than most cornerbacks and has the speed to run by safeties and linebackers.

Balance is another strong suit for Kamara as he can be incredibly tough to knock off his feet in the open field.

Where he is good: At this point in his career, Kamara doesn't get enough credit for his ability to carry the ball inside and with power. He has a strong lower half, and can lower his shoulder and get tough yards.

Kamara also runs with solid to very good vision both from the running back position and when he is split out. He has the ability to think quick and make sight adjustments, and he can bend plays back or bounce them outside when the original running lane just isn't there.

Being a willing blocker is another skill that will allow the Peach State playmaker to succeed at the next level. He isn't a devastating blocker, but he does attack defenders with solid technique and he takes pride in his ability to neutralize defenders.

Where he can improve: Physically, Kamara has the frame to add the mass needed to be a big time runner between the tackles, but he must get bigger in order to do so.

While he does have a very strong lower body, he needs to work on bulking up and getting stronger in his chest and shoulders to better secure the ball and stay healthy in such a physical position.

At times, he will also rely solely on his speed and doesn't use his ability to make people miss and create separation with his quickness. He will need to do more of that at the next level as there will be more defenders with similar or better speed than ever before.

Overall: Kamara is going to be a playmaker for whomever he chooses. He has the ability to a special player that can be a receiver, running back, and return man and chance the game in every facet.

He doesn't have the overall size, strength, or pure speed, but he is comparable to former Florida Gator Percy Harvin. He has an extra gear and his game speed is off the charts.

That most impressing thing about Kamara is that he plays the game with a great deal of poise and calmness. He will undoubtedly be a calming influence on teammate while having the ability to fire everyone up on his team with big plays.

Recruitment: The battle for Kamara's signature has long been thought to be a two-team race between Georgia and Alabama. Clemson made an appearance for the four star running back, but he has since cooled on the Tigers.

He has yet to release a top group or a leader, but we believe that Georgia is clearly the team to beat and that Kamara will commit to the Bulldogs in the coming months.

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