Kamara, Foster & Matthews? Oh, my

RB Kamara plans to join ESPN 150 defensive duo, forming a formidable trio

Updated: April 23, 2012, 12:00 PM ET
By Greg Ostendorf | TideNation

BUFORD, Ga. -- The package deal with Reuben Foster and Tray Matthews just got a little sweeter.

Although Foster is committed to Alabama and Matthews to Georgia, the two Peach State standouts still insist they're going to play together at the next level, whether that be in Tuscaloosa or in Athens.

At Saturday's NFTC in Atlanta, Norcross, Ga., running back Alvin Kamara joined the party, announcing that he also would attend whichever school Foster and Matthews agreed upon. All three players are ranked in the ESPN 150.

Alvin Kamara
Tom Hauck/ESPNHSESPN 150 RB Alvin Kamara says he will let Alabama commit Reuben Foster and Georgia commit Tray Matthews settle on a school first, then join them there.
"All I can say about my decision is ask Reuben and Tray," Kamara said. "We discussed things together, and when we iron it out, we will see. Tray's pulling me one way. Reuben's pulling me the other. It's all fun."

Foster, a five-star linebacker who just transferred from Troup High School in LaGrange, Ga., to Auburn (Ala.) High School, already has started working on Kamara to join him at Alabama.

"Alvin, he's going to join the club," Foster said. "I'm going to make sure he joins the club. He's been asking, 'How is Alabama? Be real with me.' I just tell him Alabama is a great school, nice facilities, good people, family, good coaches, NFL."

Recently, Kamara spent five days in Tuscaloosa where he watched practice, sat in on the running back meetings and got an overall feel for how everyday life would be on campus at UA.

However, he stayed home last weekend when both Alabama and Georgia hosted their spring games, not tipping his hat to either school. Matthews, a top safety from Newnan, Ga., is still confident he can pull both Kamara and Foster to UGA with him.

"Everybody knows I am committed to Georgia, and we are still going to the same college," Matthews said. "It is going to be crazy. Everybody is going to find out at the beginning of our senior season where we are going."

Matthews committed to Georgia last August, but that hasn't stopped other schools from recruiting him, mainly Alabama. He says he receivers letters daily from the Crimson Tide, and it's at least piqued his interest.

"We're all playing the recruiting game, and I can't lie, Alabama's a great school," Matthews said. "They say if you play for Nick Saban, you're going to come out a warrior, and he's the defensive back coach. That's just a pathway into the NFL."

According to Foster, he and Matthews might be visiting Alabama together in the near future, and he's going to push for Matthews to switch his commitment on the trip.

"We're going to go to Alabama soon, very, very soon," Foster said. "I'm going to finesse him to commit. He's on my side of town."

Regardless of where all three prospects end up, the trio reached another goal on Saturday when all three earned an invite to The Opening. In all, seven players from the Atlanta NFTC earned an invite and will make the trip to Oregon in early July to compete at Nike's premier camp event.

"It feels great, because I was watching it last year when guys like Mike Davis and Kenyan Drake and all those guys were out there," Kamara said. "This is a great opportunity."

"It's a blessing," Matthews said. "It just shows that hard work pays off. I couldn't ask for anything better right now. I'm just glad I came out here."

Kipp Adams of ESPN DawgNation contributed to this report.

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