Running back Alvin Kamara has no shortage of talent around him at Norcross High School.
The star playmaker has another big-time talent in 2014 running back Myles Autry whom he shares the backfield with, and a couple of junior offensive linemen in Trenton Jenkins and Horatio Walker who will likely play at the next level as well.
In addition to the talent on offense, Norcross has Cal defensive back commitment Shon Akins Jr., and junior defensive end Lorenzo Carter who is one of the top athletes in the state in any class.
According to Kamara, it took a total team effort to knock off South Gwinnett on Friday night by the score of 35-20 due to the fact that the Comets had placed a proverbial bulls-eye on the Norcross standout.
"Friday was a pretty good game. I didn't too much with guys really trying to key down on me and stop me. It just opened up things for my teammates," said Kamara. "Our passing game with guys like Trey Smith, he caught a touchdown, and Myles Autry got some balls thrown to him. If we can't do one thing, we'll do the other. If we can't run, we'll pass. That's just all that comes with being a highly-recruited guy."
While Kamara had a slow first half of Friday night's contest, things changed for the four star running back in the second half as he finished the game with 168 yards and two touchdowns.
"Like I said, they are going to try and stop me in hopes of trying to stop our offense. South Gwinnett held me to 10 yards in the first half and I just went into half time and refocused. I just wanted to make sure I made something happen in the second half," he said. "I talked to my line at half time, guys like Horatio Walker and Trenton Jenkins, and we just said that we were going to make it happen. We came out and the first two plays I broke two long runs and scored. That's really what it is about with battling back and fighting adversity."
The win over South Gwinnett gives the Blue Devils a 1-0 start to the season, but according to Kamara, with a tough region schedule looming, he and his teammates will have to keep improving to reach their goals.
"I feel like it is a good start. We didn't play as good as we could have. I talked to Coach (Keith) Maloof after the game and today a little bit and we just have to go pick up the level of intensity in practice," said Kamara. "You play the way you practice and we just need to pick up our intensity in practice, get our timing down, and get the little things right so on Friday it will be easy."
A great deal of Kamara's focus at the moment is focused on his high school team, but there is always the process of recruiting that looms for the Rivals250 prospect.
When it comes to where he will play his college ball, Kamara is ready to talk about two teams that have the lead.
"I came out with a top two of UGA and Alabama. I just feel like they have the edge over the other four schools that I have in my top six. With that top two coming out, I just want to be clear that those other schools are not out," said Kamara. "Those school being Tennessee, Florida State, Oklahoma State, and Oregon. That doesn't mean those schools are out, I just feel like UGA and Alabama have been doing more to get my attention than other schools."
One thing that hasn't changed, however, is Kamara's idea of when he would like to make a decision.
"I'm still trying to probably get it done this month. We will just have to wait and see," he said. "I know I'll hold the cards close when it comes to my decision time, but it's all about a feeling. You can't really put a time on a feeling."
Right around this time of year, prospects start talking about when and where they will take their official visits.
In Kamara's case, he is only sure about one team at this team, and it isn't a team in his top two.
"I definitely know Oregon will get one (official visit). It is just about working out a time for it," he said. "The other four official visits, I'll just have to wait and see and pick who I want to take an official visit to."
As for taking an official visit to his top two of Georgia and Alabama, Kamara thinks he knows the answer to that question, but isn't 100 percent sure at this time.
"As of right now, I'd say yes, but we will just have to see," he said.
One thing is for sure for Kamara.
When he does decide to commit, the decision will be final.
"When I make a decision, that's basically why I have waited so long because I want to do you right. I don't want to me make a decision but still jumping around unsure about whether that is where I want to be or not," he said. "When I make a decision that is where I will be at and it is definitely where I am going to go. That is where I'll sign the papers to go. After I do decide, I'll probably take a visit or two just to enjoy my last little bit of the recruiting process. The team I commit to won't have anything to worry about."
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