Live Evaluation: 2013 RB Alvin Kamara

Alvin Kamara emerged over the past year as one of the top running backs in the country and Scout watched him play recently. Find out what Kamara does best on the football field here.

  • Prospect: Alvin Kamara
  • Hometown: Norcross, Ga.
  • High School: Norcross
  • Position: Running Back
  • Size: 5-10/191
  • Class: 2013
  • Ranking on Scout: No. 15 RB | No. 106 Overall
  • Recruiting: Kamara still has interest in Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, Oklahoma State, Oregon, and Tennessee. He plans to take some official visits, but he has named Alabama and Georgia as his top two.

    Live evaluation came from Parkview-Norcross game on Thursday September 6.

    Scouting Report

    There is a lot to like about Kamara coming out of the backfield. He was coming up through high school as a speed back and while he still has that speed, he has continued to fill out, get bigger, get stronger, and run better inside.

    Kamara can get to the corner and turn it up the field as well as anyone. He is great on the toss sweep, jet sweeps, stretch plays, and just getting the ball where he has a little time to pick his hole and make someone miss.

    Vision is key for any back and he has that. He sees things well, he sees the backside well, and he makes those cuts that only he can see or feel when no hole is there at the time, but it quickly opens up as he heads that direction.

    Where he has improved the most over the past 18 months is running more with power and better behind his pads. He is still better in the open and making that first guy miss, but he is getting more yards after initial contact, he is bouncing off more tackles, and he is not going down as easy as he once did.

    He is not just a back that can carry the ball, but he can catch the ball too. He has wide receiver like hands and he could be used in the slot on the next level. He really knows how to catch the ball with his hands.

    His decision making is good when he gets the ball in his hands, but he can still improve in this area a little. He can be a little indecisive at times and take too many useless steps before realizing nothing is there or nothing is going to develop. Sometimes he just needs to stick it up in there and get one or two yards instead of losing a couple.

    Overall, Kamara is a big-play back with speed, hands, vision, and quick feet. He is a running back, not an athlete, and not a wide receiver. He can be used in multiple ways on the next level, but he is a true back that can do many things well. Look for him to get a strong look as a return man on the next level as well because of his acceleration and his ability to make the first guy miss.

    Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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