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February 16, 2012

Tide floods four-star RB's mailbox

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Four-star junior tailback Alvin Kamara of Norcross, Ga., couldn't believe what he found in his mailbox after getting home from school one recent day.

Or rather, what he found falling out of his mailbox.

"There were 105 letters from Alabama," Kamara told Rivals.com.


"I counted!" Kamara said. "And I took pictures. I was shocked. I didn't expect there to be that many in the mailbox. When I opened it, it was overflowing and some of them fell out."

Kamara said he's keeping all 105 of them in one shoebox.

And while he says hasn't read them all - there were simply too many of them - he thinks he already knows the meaning behind the Tide's mass mailing.

"It's because they want me," Kamara said.

They are not alone.

Alabama is one of nine schools that have offered the 5-foot-10, 190-pounder. His latest came from Mississippi State on Thursday.

"It's still exciting [getting new offers]," Kamara admitted. "Every time I get one, I'm like 'Yes!'"

Kamara, who rushed for 1,500-plus yards in 2011, is a solid all-around back known for his exceptional speed. He received his first offer last fall from Syracuse.

After a strong performance at the Rising Seniors Georgia Junior Bowl in December, he started getting even more attention. Now, Kamara is one of the Peach State's most sought-after juniors.

He already has visited the Tide. This weekend, he will check out Florida. In March, he will head to Clemson.

"Right now, I don't have any leaders, but I'll say a few schools stand out a little bit," Kamara said. "Alabama, Georgia and Syracuse. Recruiting wise, they stay in touch with me the most.

"Coach [Bryan] McClendon at Georgia stays in touch with me; Coach [Tyrone] Wheatley at Syracuse keeps in touch with me."

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Alabama is just the most persistent.

"Coach [Kirby] Smart at Alabama - we talk two or three times a week," he said.

Asked who was recruiting him the hardest, Kamara's answer probably won't surprise you.

"I'll say Alabama, just based on what other schools are doing and what Alabama is doing," Kamara said. "I went there [for junior day] and it went well. I liked the atmosphere. It's SEC football. It's big-time football. You can feel it when you go up there."

Or when you open your mailbox.

Keith Niebuhr can be reached at Keithrivals@yahoo.com. You can follow him on Twitter @KeithRIVALS.

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