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Four-star RB Kamara will transfer, leaving Alabama with more four-star RBs than your school

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Alabama freshman running back Alvin Kamara will reportedly transfer from the Crimson Tide after being granted a release from his scholarship Friday. 247 Sports was first to report the scholarship news.

Kamara will not be allowed to transfer to any SEC school as part of the agreement to release him from his scholarship at Alabama (a silly rule, of course). The top targets are reported to be Florida State, Clemson, Oklahoma State and UCLA. The Georgia native was previously a four-star recruit holding offers from a number of schools including Florida State, Clemson and Oklahoma State. According to, UCLA was not a school offering a scholarship or on Kamara’s radar. The only other school Kamara visited, last January, was Georgia, but with SEC schools off the list that would rule out the possibility of staying in his home state. Clemson would seem to make some sense.

Kamara’s freshman season had some bumps in the road, including a suspension from Alabama’s Sugar Bowl against Oklahoma and an earlier game against LSU for violations of team rules and behavior. He did not record a single rushing attempt this season. He was also one of four four-star running backs to join Alabama in the Class of 2013. That is one year after recruiting a four star and five-star running back in the Class of 2012.

This is what happens when a program absorbs all of the top players they can through recruiting. Only a certain number of players can actually get on the field. Alabama has been stockpiling running backs over the years under Nick Saban and with T.J. Yeldon coming back in 2014 for what could be a Heisman hopeful season, the opportunities to carry the football for Alabama’s offense for some figures to be limited.

The bottom line is Alabama will be just fine at the running back position in 2014 despite losing a four-star running back. this is what we call an “Alabama problem.”

NCAA transfer rules would prohibit Kamara from playing FBS football in 2014. He will be eligible to play in 2015 if he transfers to an FBS program. He may play in 2014 if he transfers to an FCS program.

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19 Responses to “Four-star RB Kamara will transfer, leaving Alabama with more four-star RBs than your school”
  1. kdbroom says: Jan 17, 2014 7:52 PM

    So Nick Saban is perfectly fine with taking transfers from an SEC school, but he isn’t willing to let any of his players transfer to an SEC school. Hypocrite.

  2. liverpoolred04 says: Jan 17, 2014 7:53 PM

    At least he now has a chance to be a pretty good NFL running back.

  3. Brian Basher says: Jan 17, 2014 8:34 PM

    “the opportunities to carry the football for Alabama‚Äôs defense”… Now I’m not the sharpest tool in the shed, but I am pretty sure a running back doesn’t carry the ball for the defense, but hey I may be wrong maybe there was a rule change I haven’t heard about

  4. rolltide510 says: Jan 17, 2014 9:45 PM

    Not that it’s actually happened or anything, but why wouldn’t Nick Saban be okay with taking any transfer whose coach allowed him to pick any SEC school?

    He also let Corey Grant transfer to in-state rival auburn (another SEC school, in case you’ve never heard of them), because unlike Kamara he was on good terms.

  5. steeler1nation says: Jan 17, 2014 10:12 PM

    A consistent practice of dirty SEC programs

  6. rolltide510 says: Jan 18, 2014 12:13 AM

    A consistent practice of the Big 10

  7. bralinshan says: Jan 18, 2014 12:35 AM

    Yeah, Ohio State is overrun with integrity…I’d rather over sign that allow players to fight and then flight rival fans the bird…with no suspension.
    Big 10 schools flat suck in football. OSU was the fraud we all knew they were and got their “defense” busted up for 580 yes against a Clemson squad that was destroyed against FSU.
    This 4 team playoff will keep exposing Urban for the pretender he is.

  8. woebegong says: Jan 18, 2014 3:19 AM

    His comments when choosing Alabama over UGA was that he wanted to play for a winner because they had just won a BCS title.
    Guess that worked out good for him for sure. He wouldn’t have beaten out either of UGA’s RB’s for starting time, but due to injuries this year, he would have seen significant playing time.
    Sometimes you have to be careful for what you wish for. I think he could get on at Alabama State, an FCS school.

  9. sportsguy3434 says: Jan 18, 2014 5:15 AM

    Did you see the freshman that is backing up Yeldon? I might transfer too.

    I remember seeing Richardson come in for Heisman winning Ingram and thinking he was every bit as good…in college.

    This is the same thing that happened at USC after Reggie Bush was there. Tons of 4 star RBs.

  10. cobibones13 says: Jan 18, 2014 5:26 AM

    He’s not good enough to get playing time at FSU. Karlos Williams, Mario Pender, and Dalvin Cook will all be ahead of him. He’ll also have to compete against Ryan Green.

    He should probably go to Clemson if he wants playing time in a good offense that will also win a bunch of games.

  11. mcmccii says: Jan 18, 2014 9:19 AM

    LSU still got THE running back of the next 5 years in Leonard Fournette. Bama implosion started with their loss to AU.

  12. sprtmano says: Jan 18, 2014 9:27 AM

    Alabama is so packed with top players, most never even get on the field. The public never gets to see them. Plus they ruin their chances to play at the NFL level.

  13. elwaysagenius says: Jan 18, 2014 10:17 AM

    Yeah, Fournette isn’t gonna make it 5 years… 3 and NFL most likely

  14. jarzmel says: Jan 18, 2014 10:36 AM

    bralinshan….your envy of Ohio State is obvious. Sucks to be you.

  15. cfballfan1 says: Jan 18, 2014 12:38 PM

    Good for him. How about the “U”?

  16. stoicpaisano says: Jan 18, 2014 1:47 PM

    Because he did not play at all in 2013, Kamara should be eligible to play in the fall at another FBS program.


    Transfers…that’s not how they work. Kamara was part of Alabama’s team the whole year, whether or not he played is irrelevant to his status for 2014. Kamara will have to sit this year unless he drops down a level or receives a hardship waiver from the NCAA. As flaky as they are, I don’t think the NCAA will consider being a goon who caught a pair of suspensions as a hardship case.

    Kamara, if he chooses to ply his trade at the FBS level, will be eligible in 2015 with three years to play three.

  17. leeman101 says: Jan 19, 2014 7:33 AM

    and bama continues trying to recruit top RB’s as in Lane Kiffen, Thursday, visited AU commit Roc Thomas of Oxford High, and is trying to get him to flip, the way they did TJ from AU………….what low lives. Roc said, “No” to Lane and bama!!!!

  18. woebegong says: Jan 19, 2014 7:42 AM

    Every team goes after the big names right up until the day that the pen hits the paper. I am for sure no Alabama fan, as I live in Georgia and bleed red and black, but as long as they do not violate the NCAA rules, they can try and recruit whomever they feel like.
    The kids flip easily enough most of the time if they see a chance to go to a school they might like more without repercussion, so why shouldn’t a school keep recruiting them right up until NSD.

  19. sprtmano says: Jan 23, 2014 8:39 AM

    Why do these kids go to bana, where they ride the pine. They may get the ring but what does it mean if you don’t get to play.

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