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Michael Carvell

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

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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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– By Michael Carvell, AJC’s Recruiting Blog

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