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Alvin Kamara to Decide Between Alabama, Georgia on Signing Day

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Alabama and Georgia competed against each other in this year’s SEC Championship Game and are competing against one another once again for Alvin Kamara (Norcross, Ga., Norcross), who is among the best undeclared prospects with Signing Day less than a week away.

Kamara visited each SEC heavyweight in the past two weeks and has been really good at not tipping his hand which school has a lead over the other and said visits to both places went great and he could see himself at either place.

After his visit to Alabama Jan. 18, I was under the assumption that Kamara wouldn’t sign with the Crimson Tide, because they already have commitments from three top running backs in his class as well as rising sophomore T.J. Yeldon to compete with on the depth chart. That is an embarrassment of riches for Nick Saban at the running back position for the school that has a recent history of getting its backs to the next level.

However, I am flip-flopping on last week’s prediction and it really has nothing to do with Georgia where rising sophomore running backs Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall are budding stars, but with the fact that Kamara may want to compete against the best to be the best.

Kamara may want to challenge himself and see if he can beat out Derrick Henry–who at 6-3 and 243-pounds, is probably going to have to switch positions–Tyren Jones (5-8), who is awfully small, and 6-0, 212-pound Altee Tenpenny, who I predict will be his top competition to back-up Yeldon as a freshman.

At first glance of the depth chart and the incoming recruits it’s easy to question why Kamara would sign with Saban’s team, but then again one could change positions,  one could redshirt and that leaves just one other to compete with for backup duties. Under Saban, the Tide has had great success deploying a two-back system and that has led to three of the last four BCS National Championships.

Therefore, the better question should be why would Kamara not sign with Alabama?

Georgia has been on the wrong end of this rivalry in recent years and I’m saying they are gonna lose to Alabama once again on National Signing Day Feb. 6 when Kamara puts on an Alabama hat.

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