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Signing Day: Alvin Kamara adds to Bama's embarrassment of RB riches

By Matt Hinton | Blogger


Alvin Kamara is the last of four blue-chip tailbacks in the Crimson Tide's 2013 signing class. (247Sports)

If the past five years have taught us anything about recruiting, it's that Nick Saban usually gets what he wants. This year, that's proving more true than ever, even if what he wants is four blue-chip rushers in the same class: With the late addition of Norcross, Ga., tailback Alvin Kamara on Wednesday afternoon, Alabama will wrap up another top-ranked haul with signatures from four players who rank among the most coveted incoming backs in the nation.

Kamara, a 5-foot-10, 195-pound All-American who spurned Georgia and Tennessee in favor of the Tide, was pegged by 247Sports as the No. 3 all-purpose back in the 2013 class, and the No. 66 prospect at any position, giving Alabama an even dozen signatures from players ranked among the top 100 overall. Among the others are three potential tailbacks, led by five-star "athlete" Derrick Henry, a 6-foot-3, 240-pound specimen from Yulee, Fla., who is already on campus and could wind up on either side of the ball. Earlier on Wednesday, Bama landed another four-star back from the Peach State, Tyren Jones, as well as the No. 1 player from Arkansas, Altee Tenpenny. If Henry remains on offense, as he reportedly wants to, even entitled Bama fans will begin to feel embarrassed by the riches.

The depth chart they're joining is already loaded, headlined by last year's five-star recruiting coup, T.J. Yeldon, who just became the first freshman in school history to rush for 1,000 yards despite splitting time with another workhorse, NFL-bound Eddie Lacy. Together, Yeldon and Lacy were the first teammates in school history to go over 1,000 yards on the ground in the same season, and anchored an offense that set school records for points (542), yards (6,237) and touchdowns (71) en route to its second consecutive BCS championship. Yeldon is widely regarded as a front-runner for the Heisman Trophy as a sophomore, and won't be eligible for the draft himself until 2015.

Ostensibly, Lacy's departure should offer an opportunity for another former five-star, Dee Hart, to make his move after being stricken by season-ending injuries in each of his first two years on campus. There's also Kenyan Drake, a touted four-star prospect who impressed in mop-up duty as a true freshman, and a pair of bigger backs, Jalston Fowler and Brent Calloway (another former five-star), who are expected to play more of a fullback/H-back role.

In reality, that many stars in one place is usually a recipe for a wave of impending transfers from the guys who find themselves languishing at the bottom of the rotation -- especially if more gifted contenders are on their way in the near future, as they almost certainly are. But signing day is no time for reality: For now, they're all stars.

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