Watch out for Tennessee's secret weapon at tailback

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Head coach Butch Jones (middle) will be excited to see Alvin Kamara playing at Tennessee next year (©GettyImages)
Head coach Butch Jones (middle) will be excited to see Alvin Kamara playing at Tennessee next year (©GettyImages).

How quickly things change.

It was only a year ago when we were claiming Norcross running back Alvin Kamara would be the next great Alabama tailback, even before his freshman season began. But now the diminutive runner with absurd ability has moved onto a new school after a suspension-ridden inaugural campaign.

Kamara announced this weekend that he would be attending the University of Tennessee, over home state Georgia. He announced it over Twitter — the new source for the latest on recruits' pivotal collegiate decisions.

The 5-foot-11, 200-pound Kamara did not fulfill his apparent destiny with the Crimson Tide. He has to hope that as a Volunteer he can fulfill the promise he had as a four-star recruit in the 2013 class.

He never took a snap at Alabama, but he compiled plenty of stats while playing for the 6A Norcross Blue Devils during their championship season. As a senior, Kamara rushed for 2,264 yards and 26 touchdowns while averaging 7.5 yards per carry. That performance led to him being one of the top recruits in the nation, considering offers from Georgia, Florida State, Florida and Southern California, among others.

Kamara will take a season off while playing for Hutchinson Community College in Kansas.

But after that, he will be eligible and looking to make a name for himself while donning the orange and white.

It's an exciting addition for Tennessee, which suddenly could be very competitive in the Southeastern Conference going forward.

After three awful years under coach Derek Dooley, the Vols are led by former Cincinnati coach Butch Jones. He coached a depleted, low-talent team to a 5-7 record in 2013.

The next few years should be better from a depth standpoint.

Freshman Jalen Hurd has blossomed in spring training and looks like a future star. At 6-foot-3 and 221 pounds, he'll be bowling over anybody, even the brutes of the SEC. 

Now imagine giving Hurd a year to settle into the college game, and adding the lightning-quick Karama to create a real two-man punch. The change-of-pace player is one of those rare breeds of footballers who run so effortlessly that he looks like he plays in gym shorts rather than pads.

If the Volunteers can solve some of its quarterback issues, that sounds like a top offense already.

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