While all signs point in the direction of an early exit, Tennessee redshirt junior running back Alvin Kamara has reportedly not filed for an official NFL draft evaluation.


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Earlier this month, Kamara said he didn’t want to “look ahead,” indicating he’d prefer to wait until after the Music City Bowl to make a decision on whether to forgo his senior year or take his chances with the draft.

“I kind of go day by day, I don’t really look ahead,” Kamara said, according to The Daily Times. “When you look ahead, you know what I’m saying, you kind of miss the small things in life. I don’t want to be looking ahead and miss being around my teammates and my coaches and miss an opportunity to prepare how I know I can prepare. I’m not worried about pro or whatever.

“I’m really just always hyper-focused on what I have to do in the now, and I just kind of try to stay committed and consistent in whatever I’m taking part in. I’m here at Tennessee so that’s what I’m taking part in right now. I’m not looking forward and I’m not looking back.”

Kamara enters the postseason matchup against Nebraska with 1,111 all-purpose yards and 13 touchdowns, proving to be the Vols’ most versatile threat from the backfield.

WalterFootball.com currently lists him as the No. 4 running back prospect in the 2017 class, projecting him as a potential first- or second-round pick. He even drew a comparison to Kansas City Chiefs star Jamal Charles:

“Kamara is a lot like Jamaal Charles as a runner in that both are fast slashers who are built well with some power. Additionally, Kamara is a phenomenal receiver with great hands and route-running to also be used as a slot receiver. He also is a dynamic returner on punts and kickoffs.”

It would be surprising if Kamara decided to stay in Knoxville for another season, but Tennessee would certainly put him to good use as it eyes an SEC East run in 2017.

He’ll have to make a final call by Jan. 16, the deadline for underclassmen to declare.