Where did former Alabama running backs end up?
When a program brings in four- and five-star recruits like Alabama does, not all of them are going to find the field. As a result, some of those talented players will transfer out, never reaching their potential at their original choice of higher education institution. Alabama has had the No. 1 recruiting class in the country each year since 2011, leading to overcrowding at some positions. One of them has been running back, and several former touted recruits have left the program.
Where are they now?
(Note: Recruiting rankings are in reference to 247sports.com’s industry composite rankings.)
Dee Hart: Colorado State
Hart was a four-star recruit from the Orlando, Fla. area back in 2011. The third-rated running back in the country that year, Hart played in 17 games across 2012 and 2013 after redshirting in 2011, totaling 43 carries for 166 yards. Stuck behind T.J. Yeldon and Derrick Henry, Hart decided to head to Colorado State after last season. He was eligible to play immediately after earning his degree at Alabama. Playing for former Crimson Tide offensive coordinator Jim McElwain, who recruited Hart at Alabama, Hart put up big numbers in the Mountain West Conference this year. He totaled 1,254 yards and 16 touchdowns on the ground, plus another 185 yards and two scores through the air.
Corey Grant: Auburn
Another member of the 2011 class, Grant, a former four-star recruit, decided to leave the Crimson Tide after redshirting his freshman year. At the time, Nick Saban was surprised by the move, while Grant thought Auburn would be a “better fit.” After walking onto the Auburn team and sitting out his first year, the Opelika, Ala. native was a role player for the Tigers. He rushed for 674 yards (at 9.8 yards per carry) and six touchdowns in 2013, but lost many of his carries to freshman Roc Thomas this season. Grant dropped down to 334 yards and three touchdowns in his senior year, but did score a touchdown against Alabama in the Iron Bowl.
Alvin Kamara: Tennessee
Alabama’s 2013 recruiting class included four four-star running backs, Kamara one of them. The Norcross, Ga. native couldn’t beat out fellow 2013 recruits Derrick Henry, Altee Tenpenny and Tyren Jones, and reportedly ran into several issues that kept him in Nick Saban’s doghouse during a redshirt year. Kamara left Alabama in January and headed to Hutchinson Community College in Kansas, where he rushed for 1,211 yards and 18 touchdowns this season. In June, Kamara committed to Tennessee, where he will be eligible to play in 2015.