Busy summer ahead for 4-star RB

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For rising senior prospects the summer months are always filled with camps and visits to varying college campuses. That is especially true for elite prospects looking to narrow down their list of potential suitors.

For the No. 14 running back in the 2013 class, Alvin Kamara, the summer is no different. However, Kamara likes to fly by the seat of his pants when it comes to his summer plans.

"I am going to see as many schools as I can. I know everyone kind of wants to hear a list and stuff like that, but I don't really have a list," Kamara told InsideTennessee. "I am trying to see as many as I can whenever I can. I would go somewhere tomorrow if I needed to. I am doing it kind of spur of the moment to see as many as I can."

The Norcross, Ga., native says that he will eventually narrow his list down following his busy summer plans, or lack there of.

"I would probably say the end of the summer is when I will try and narrow stuff down after I take a lot of the visits I want to go on," he said. "I should have a good feel for where I am at with all of those schools after I take my visits there."

Kamara already has offers a who's who of Division I programs including Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Nebraska and Tennessee. The same programs continue to pursue the four-star stud.

"Basically the same schools that have been on me all along have been talking to me a lot lately, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Oregon is really picking up interest and Oklahoma State," Kamara said.

While most elite prospects want promises of early playing time, that factor couldn't be further from the mind of Kamara, who rushed for over 1,300 yards and he scored 17 touchdowns as a junior.

First-year Tennessee running backs coach Jay Graham is the lead on Kamara.
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"I have a few things I am looking for," he said. "I want to get along with the coaching staff, playing time I am not really worried about because I know if I come in and work then I will be able to play and I want to know how I fit into the offense. I just really want to feel like I am comfortable at a school. Those are the main things that I am looking for."

The 5-foot-10, 190-pounder, was recently named the MVP of the running backs at the Atlanta Nike Football Training Camp and was invited to The Opening event in Oregon.

"It feels great to get invited to The Opening," he said. "I have watched all this stuff like the Under Armour All-American game and The Opening and now that it is my turn it feels greats. Getting invited to all this stuff is just such an honor."

Kamara, who has 4.5 40-yard dash speed, is being recruited by first-year Tennessee running backs coach Jay Graham, who is using social media as a tool to stay up with the rising senior.

"I have been in contact with coach Graham," Kamara said. "He really hits me up through Facebook more than we talk on the phone. I think we need to try and get better about that."

One advantage the Vols might need to exploit more is new Tennessee Volunteer and former Norcross (Ga.) High wide receiver Jason Croom, who just started his summer semester on Rocky Top.

"Jason took off for Tennessee a couple of weeks ago," Kamara said. "He never really pushes me to Tennessee or anything like that. He just tells me that it is my decision. He definitely wants me to be up there with him, but he knows it is my decision. Wherever I am at he is going to be good with it."

Scout.com national analyst Chad Simmons had the following to say on Kamara:

"Kamara may not be the biggest back, but he is big enough and has plenty to offer once he gets the ball. He plays fast and as soon as he gets the ball, he is moving. He is more of a straight-ahead runner with speed and he is not scared to lower his shoulder to run through would-be tacklers.

"He has not shown a lot of wiggle in the open field, but he has shown speed. He accelerates quickly through the hole and runs with balance."

Stay tuned for more recruiting updates from InsideTennessee.

Chris Price is a staff writer for InsideTennessee.com. He was previously an intern for the site for two years before graduating from the University of Tennessee. He joined the InsideTennessee team in 2009.

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