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Alvin Kamara, Alvin Kamara, and Alvin Kamara is the running back many have heard when UGA's running back search kicked into high drive since Derrick Henry decommitted. Kamara is a target, but is he the clear-cut favorite when talking the Dawg's chances to land a top back?
Dawg Post does not think so.
Kamara is still a big target for the Dawgs and he feels he is high on their board, but it doesn't appear that UGA is going to sit back and put all their eggs in the Kamara basket when talking pure running backs.
Bryan McClendon was on the road Friday night and he was in Mississippi looking at Ashton Shumpert.
The Dawgs then had A.J. Turman on their campus for two days this past weekend and he is now set to visit Georgia officially in December. Turman said UGA let him know that they only plan to take one running back in this class and that the first to commit gets that spot.
Who will fill that spot?
Lets take a look at the three current possibilities:
Alvin Kamara | 5-10/191 | Norcross, Ga. | 4-star
Breakdown: Kamara is a back with great speed and acceleration. He is a slasher that can hit the hole fast and take it the distance at any time from anywhere on the field. He also has excellent hands and he really catches the ball naturally like a wide receiver. He is not a real power runner and he is not one of the guys that breaks a ton of tackles. He is more of make the first guy miss, then get his yards. He is an elite athlete with homerun ability.
More like Gurley or Marshall? Marshall. Similar in size at this stage, more known for quickness and hands.
UGA's Current Position: Good. It used to be great, but Alabama is currently right there with Georgia. Dawg Post still gives UGA a slight edge here, but it is very close. Remember Kamara is an elite athlete and he could be recruited as that too. He is likely a take no matter what other running backs do.
Ashton Sumpert | 6-2/210 | Fulton, Miss. - Itawamba | 4-star
Breakdown: Shumpert is a versatile athlete that could play three different positions on the collegiate level. He started off being ranked as a running back on Scout, but after watching tape and seeing him compete at camps, we felt he has more upside at safety. He could be a force at linebacker too. He is a big athlete that is strong and as a running back, he is all about power. He is a better inside runner, he is one that can get those extra yards after contact, and he has good initial quickness than top end speed. Fir his size, he does run with good pad level also.
More like Gurley or Marshall? Gurley. Like Gurley did in high school, Shumpert plays both sides of the ball and he is very physical. More power than speed.
UGA's Current Position: Average. Most top in-statet prospects stay home and attend Mississippi State or Ole Miss, but Georgia looks to be a real contender in this one He visited UGA once on his own dime and he will return for an official visit.
A.J. Turman | 6-0/200 | Orlando, Fla. - Boone | 3-star
Breakdown: Turman is a back that looks to be one that could out a team on his back and carry them in the fourth quarter when they need that one last first down. He is a downhill runner with a very strong lower-body, and he looks to run through would-be tacklers. He has solid quickness in tight space and he shows the ability to cut quickly, but his speed is not one of his real strengths. He is better at breaking tackles, wearing defenses down, and his body lean.
More like Gurley or Marshall? Gurley. He is not as quick as Gurley, but just as physical.
UGA's Current Position: Good. After spending a couple of days on campus, Turman has decided he will return for an official visit early in December.
Others to Watch: Johnathan Ford (Vanderbilt Commit), Tyren Jones (Alabama Commit), and JoJo Kemp.