This past winter, Alvin Kamara made headlines after he received 105 recruiting letters from Alabama on the same day. But when the Norcross (Ga.) junior running back steps foot on the Buford High campus Saturday for the Atlanta Nike Football Training Camp, he'll need only one letter to make his day.
"I want to pull an invite to The Opening," Kamara said. "I'm confident, and I just expect to go in and do what I do -- ball."
Of course, Kamara will have plenty of competition, as some of the region's top underclassmen will look to showcase their abilities at the NFTC in Atlanta, the fourth of 12 camps taking place nationwide through June.
Kamara is certainly one to watch after the 5-foot-10, 190-pounder used a combination of power and speed to rush for more than 1,500 yards this past season. He believes a solid showing at Saturday's event could provide the spark to make his senior campaign even better.
"It will give me a feel for where I'm at going into spring practice and help me see how I match up against some of the other top guys," said Kamara, who is ranked No. 79 in the ESPN 150, eighth among tailbacks.
The batch of top offensive players also includes Bo Scarbrough, another running back on Alabama's radar. As one of the few sophomores expected to be in attendance, Scarbrough's skills are evident, but the Northridge (Tuscaloosa, Ala.) athlete will have plenty to prove after an ACL tear cut his season short this past fall.
Reggie Carter finds himself in a similar position. The South Gwinnett (Snellville, Ga.) inside linebacker tore his ACL in the first game last year, forcing him to miss his entire junior season. Carter's sophomore numbers (73 tackles, 10 sacks) were enough to keep Georgia's scholarship offer on the table. But should he prove that he's 100 percent at the NFTC, more schools could join the bandwagon.
Proving himself as the top linebacker won't be easy, though, what with Reuben Foster expected to suit up. Ranked second overall in the ESPN 150, Foster dazzled at LaGrange (Ga.) Troup with 185 tackles, including 34 for loss, and 14 sacks from the linebacker position. The junior Alabama commit recently transferred to Auburn (Ala.), meaning Saturday's camp could grant him a glimpse of some of the new competition he'll face next season.
Also battling in the linebacker group is Central Gwinnett's (Lawrenceville, Ga.) Trey Johnson, who racked up 164 tackles, five sacks and four fumble recoveries this past fall.
The defensive back drills are likely to be just as intense, headlined by Brendan Langley and Shaq Wiggins. Langley is fresh off a junior campaign in which he recorded 60 tackles and four interceptions for Kell (Marietta, Ga.). Much of his prowess as a corner might come from the fact that he's an equally talented receiver. But when it comes to this Saturday's NFTC, Langley's entire focus will be on defense.
"My expectations for myself are extremely high, and I hope to accomplish two things: winning top DB and earning an invite to The Opening," said Langley, who is ranked No. 84 in the ESPN 150. "I hope to learn a lot because I'm very coachable, unbiased and open-minded. I love to learn."
Wiggins might have something to say about that, though -- literally. Known for his vocal leadership and trash talking, the Sandy Creek (Tyrone, Ga.) junior cornerback has been lauded for his lockdown coverage ability. Wiggins committed to Georgia in February and is ranked No. 86 in the ESPN 150.
"There will be lots of competition there, so I've just got to do what has to be done," Wiggins said. "I think it will be good in getting myself ready physically and mentally for next season."
Brandon Parker covers high school sports for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHS.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.