Posted: 1:16 am Monday, February 17th, 2014

Weekend wrap: New UGA commit, GT’s visitor and Alvin Kamara vs. Bama? 

By Michael Carvell

Probably the most interesting thing about Alvin Kamara’s decision to go to junior college is that it could allow him the opportunity to return to the SEC and compete against his former team, Alabama.

Kamara, the AJC’s Mr. Football for 2012, was recently granted a release from Alabama his freshman season. He played at Norcross High School.

If everything works out at Hutchinson junior college (as reported by 247sports.com’s Rusty Mansell), Kamara will be eligible to sign next December with any D1 school, including a member of the SEC. Beginning in the fall of 2015, Kamara would have three seasons of eligibility remaining.

Kamara was reportedly granted a release from Alabama to transfer to non-SEC schools, and he visited Clemson two weeks ago. Since Kamara hasn’t done any interviews, it is not known why he opted to go to a junior college rather than to try to transfer to another major college and sit out one season.

Kamara signed with Alabama over UGA last February. He had a rough experience with the Crimson Tide, undergoing minor knee surgery before the season started. He was suspended twice during the season, including once for what Nick Saban called “behavior reasons,” and never played in a game.

Kamara got a negative reaction on Twitter from Alabama fans after announcing his decision to transfer, but was publicly defended by a couple of his Alabama teammates.

Last Friday, Kamara was arrested for several traffic charges in Norcross. A few Alabama fans tweeted about the event, praising Saban for parting ways with Kamara. The player commented about the incident on Twitter:

OVER THE WEEKEND

UGA picked up commit No. 5 for 2015 during Saturday’s Junior Day, flipping a longtime South Carolina recruit, defensive end Chauncey Rivers of Stephenson High School. CLICK HERE.

One of Alabama’s top commits for 2015, Tucker High School defensive lineman Jonathan Ledbetter, also visited UGA for Junior Day. Ledbetter told BamaOnline’s Charles Powers, “I’m still solid. I just talked to my mom and she was telling me to not put all my eggs in one basket, basically.” Ledbetter shocked his family and coaches by committing to Alabama last month – not by picking the Crimson Tide, but that he committed so soon. He may visit Auburn and FSU later this week.

The state’s No. 8 overall prospect, Macon County High School linebacker Roquan Smith, made a visit to Georgia Tech on Sunday with two of his teammates that the Yellow Jackets are scouting. Smith is a potential 5-star, based on how he performs at summer camps.

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86 comments
HotDawg
HotDawg

He'll probably end up at auburn just to play the updykes 3 years.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Who knows, what really happened with kamara?

Was he or wasn't he arrested? His tweet said a seat belt offense. Sorry, but you don't get arrested for a seat belt violation.

Those are open records an ajc reporter could easily find.

So, is this kid deserving all the trash he's taking from the harvey updyke crowd? Probably not. But his biggest mistake was going to bamalama in the first place.

Learn future recruits out there.... Learn.

SECFactFinder
SECFactFinder

Dee Hart actually needed another knee scoping and rehab. After two major knee rebuilds, three scopes and 3 full rehabs he had decided to give up footballl after the season. I cannot blame him for that. He is 11 hours shy of his degree.

Passing counterfeit money is just not a bright or wise thing to do!

SECFactFinder
SECFactFinder

Kamara was not mature enough to handle being a student athlete. In the first 45 days a student athlete breaks 6 out of 10 basic rules each student athlete is given they will not see the field. Once he matures if he decides to mature he will be a good football player at the collegiate level. By the way the Leadership committee at UA football team went to the staff to initially suspend him., he was not willing to do what was required by other members of the football team!

Maturity!

SECFactFinder
SECFactFinder

Tampa Gator, spoke with Muschamp the other week and he told me if they can find a few receivers who can get down field and learn to block they will be just fine. Have to agree with him, I expect a much improved(healthier) team this fall .

Will just needs to let his offensive coaches coach and run their offense.

TampGator1
TampGator1

Wet.....


Muschamp took over a depleted team after Meyer left and went 7-5 and beat Ohio State in a bowl game.  Hardly a bad year.  Then 11-2 the following year.  Then 4-8 in an injury riddled year.  That "be" one bad year for Florida since 1990.  But not every team can win the SEC and the NC every single year like Bama.  Oh....they did not win the SEC the last two years.....and didn't win the NC this year.....or even a bowl game for that matter.   Yousa to old to remember that far back, right?

TampGator1
TampGator1

@Dawginnlex.....


Someone beat me to it.....but if Florida no longer plays football today, then Georgia stopped playing football back in the 1980s.  One bad year does not end the Florida football program, sir.  If you don't believe me, check the 2014 recruiting team rankings. 


@Wet Willie....


I LOL when someone named "Wet" anything posts homophobic slurs.    

kerryb
kerryb

So, Dee Hart another Bama rb arrested in T-town for false information and marijuana possession.  Saban is loosing control of his program.  Looks like they are going after the Fulmer cup.

Gatornation
Gatornation

Funny how fans like to deem as guy as a "bust" or "trouble maker" when things don't work out for their programs.  LOL....

D-Sheets
D-Sheets

Did GT run out of jerseys that fit? 

MesaDawg
MesaDawg

Can't help but think he'll head for AU after Jr. college. Malzon will take him and AK can exact his revenge (or try) against his former team.  Dawgs may take a sniff but he reminds me of GA's former problem child that was booted and ended up at AL St. Forgot his name and ain't worth looking it up. 

DawginLex
DawginLex

I love how Alvin Kamara was another example of Saban raiding Georgia for talent but now he is a bum. Seems to me, Richt was smart enough to not sign him and that Saban has lost control of his players if AK was not going to class.


That's what you Bamatards would say if happened the other way

Contractor1
Contractor1

Kamara didn't want to go to class, and he didn't want to buy in to the program.  He thought everything would be handed over to him like it was in high school.  I was excited he signed with us last year, but even happier he's gone after being more of a cancer than a student athlete.  Check your attitude at the door, because there is always someone better and someone that has already done it.  This is the attitude McCarron and Mosley spoke of and why Alabama didn't go for a third consecutive.

CallingOutWhiners
CallingOutWhiners

An uninformed trash talker calling out trash talkers! Hilarious!

HotDawg
HotDawg

I just read the article stating he was arrested. Yep, the kid does have a maturity problem going on. No doubt a sense of entitlement issue growing up.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Dee's career ended before he ever got a chance with his 1st ACL issue in the 7 on 7's at Bama the summer of his 1st year.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@TampGator1  I'm pretty sure Alabama won the SEC in 2012...so that's been the last two years.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

You had two bad years out of the past three. You so old you're losing your memory?

DawginLex
DawginLex

Someone is angry

4-8 does that

DawginLex
DawginLex

I bet Marshall Henderson is running the brothel over there

Some BAD stuff about to come out about Oxford

NCDawg
NCDawg

@kerryb he isn't part of the program any longer and   that is why he got busted.  It's ridiculously obvious.  These boys didn't decide to start smoking pot... they've been doing it for years.  But you can hold up a glowing neon sign and the Bammers will ignore it because it doesn't fit their world view.

kerryb
kerryb

Hart is the second Bama player arrested in a month.  The other was arrested for resisting the Police.  Apparently the players don't fear Saban as much as the fans would lead you to believe.

Contractor1
Contractor1

He's not with the program anymore, since the Sugar Bowl.  As a Gator fan, you should know better than anyone about things being swept under the rug, especially under Meyer.

Contractor1
Contractor1

Richt wasn't given the opportunity to sign him, so knowledge or wisdom does not play into your limp comment.  Alabama held the cards, not Georgia, and signed him.  He would have been exciting if he would have gone to class, but he didn't, so see you later.  Don't sit there and act like Richt could see into the future and knew not to sign him, because he didn't even want to go to Georgia, hence why he chose Alabama.

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

Raiding the State of Ga!!.....I love it.

How many Ga players do you think we have?

----

We recruited this guy, he chose Bama over UGA amongst others.

He arrives on Campus & can't beat out Dee Hart for RB position #6.

Is what it is.

I hope the guy the next Beast-Mode.

FireSomebody
FireSomebody

@Contractor1  The reason Bama didn't play for 3 straight is because of your HBC's brain fart.  Or, if you prefer, you can blame Josh Harvey-Clemons.  

BAMABABE
BAMABABE

@HotDawg he also spent the weekend of the sugar bowl (which he was suspended for bc of behavior issues) partying at Opera nightclub in ATL (21 and up club) with Johnny Manziel...i would have loved to see him succeed at BAMA and wish him all the best in his future, but he has constantly acted like he's the victim and the big bad bama fans are overreacting, i really think he needs the year at JC to realize what he lost leaving the SEC and appreciate the next opportunity he'll get...he's got the talent, he just needs to get his head on straight to go with it...

HotDawg
HotDawg

Driving w/o license and failure to appear in court....kid, should of worn your seatbelt to not bring attention to a cop. The little offenses lead to them finding the big offenses.

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

@DawginLex  

If you are right the next question would be:  What took them so long? I've been expecting it for a year and a half.

Contractor1
Contractor1

He's not even on the team anymore you moron.  He's been gone since the Sugar Bowl.  Can't control what you have no hand in.  Try getting all of the facts before you shoot off at the mouth.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Meyer and Foley two of the best and still had 50 arrest. Not sure that Dee was barking at the police dog but anything is possible. 

Yo Gatornation....call us when you beat Georgia.......Southern......WHOAAAAAAAAAA

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Richt signed 35 players trying to get his roster back to 85 for the mistakes he had mad in signing in the past 2-4 years. Spare us your B/S sport.

kerryb
kerryb

@BigCrimson75  He probably saw how badly Saban was out coached by Malzahn and thought he would go elsewhere.

Contractor1
Contractor1

How is it a "brain fart" when you miss field goals throughout the game and can't get a yard on fourth down?  I think most of you idiots look waaaay too much into the Kick Six field goal, because the game should have been wrapped up well before that moment.  I was there and we had the game won in the second quarter and let them back in it with less than adequate play.  So our coach attempted a game winning field goal, THAT'S NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE!  And when you're guy is hitting them from 60 in practice, you give it a shot.  Janikowksi, Elam and those guys are given long shots all the time, so it was not out of the ordinary to give your guy a shot.

RedandBlackDAWG
RedandBlackDAWG

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie At least the young man had a plan in mind evidently if football didn't work out. Sad to see him get into a scrap with the law, but hopefully, he will put this behind him, complete that degree and move on to a productive life.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Dee must have him a new HP printer for those 20's. Once Ha-Ha made the call to go early then Dee had no reason to stay and play special teams only and you can't blame him. Word was he intended to transfer to UCF (back home) but that plan might be on hold now. Trooper and FAU can Dee close to going to the barn and Nick was afraid we would lose Ha-Ha as well if that happend so we took Dee. He was way too small to play in our offense and then the guy had back to back ACL's. Tuff luck and I hope he can get it back on track. He is set to graduate in May. He old Nick during the Sugar Bowl practice that he wouldn't return to Bama. He was one hell of a special teams player. Wish him well.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

I know you were kidding as I...Alvin is going to be a PLAYA for someone that is willing to give him a long long leash.

Contractor1
Contractor1

POAD2013 makes the best point of the day and possibly ever.  Of course Georgia fans don't let the facts register, because then they would realize they are about as relevant as Minnesota, Clemson, Kansas State, and Washington when you line the facts up.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@DawginLex and FACTS register better with Delusional Dog fans? Just Asking.

RedandBlackDAWG
RedandBlackDAWG

@Contractor1 Some of the Pro's do it of course but even then, what is the percentage of success, kicking a FG that long. It wasn't the kickers fault, because he tried his best. The failure was in the special teams coverage after the kid decided to run with the ball.