Once the 2012 National Signing Day had come and gone, the Georgia coaching staff knew that a great deal of effort would need to be spent on bringing a number of quality inside linebacker prospects after not signing one for that class.
Georgia got an early spring commitment from West Laurens linebacker Johnny O'Neal and then two more before the spring ended in Reginald Carter (South Gwinnett) and Ryne Rankin (East River; Orlando, Fla.).
At that point, there was one spot that the Georgia staff knew had to be filled, and the Bulldog staff set its sights on Warren Central (Indianapolis, Ind.) linebacker Tim Kimbrough.
What they didn't count on, however, is how Kimbrough would fall in love with the UGA campus on his first visit, and give Georgia its fourth inside linebacker commitment before the start of the season.
After not being able to take a visit to Athens for most of the season because of the distance, Kimbrough visited Athens for the Georgia Tech game, and took his official visit to UGA last weekend, and when it comes to his affection for the university, he says that nothing has changed.
"Man, I just love it down there (at UGA)," said Kimbrough. "Every time I go down there, it is a great time. It is just a great place to be, and it is a great fit for me, too. I'm excited to get down there and get started."
Kimbrough joined UGA's class at the Dawg Night event this summer, and told UGASports when he committed that he felt that the Bulldogs would reel in another pledge in Brookwood outside linebacker Shaun McGee shortly after.
The Indiana native was correct as McGee joined Kimbrough and the other commits just a few days later, and the two continue to be good friends.
"I got to hang out with Shaun McGee, and he is a really cool guy," he said. "I talk to some other guys too. I don't remember names too well, but I'm cool with a lot of guys down there."
In all of his trips to Athens, the four star linebacker has had the same host every time, and he will likely be picking the brain of that host as much as possible once he joins the team.
"I'm really cool with Amarlo Herrera down there," said Kimbrough. "Every time I've been down there I've he has been with me so I know him well."
On his official visit, Kimbrough got a chance to spend time with his future coaches, and the message from them now is the same message he got when first being recruited by the Bulldogs.
Georgia needs him to play right away.
"I spent a lot of time with Coach O (Kirk Olivadotti), and I got to talk with Coach (Todd) Grantham a lot too," said Kimbrough. "They just want me to come in and play a big role on the defense. They want me to come in and do what I do regularly, and just come in and play. They said that I'll for sure get to play early."
The Rivals250 linebacker says that the Georgia staff has told him he will playing the Mike linebacker position when he arrives in Athens, and he believes that his experience in the 3-4 defense at the high school level will help him adjust when he gets to UGA.
"I feel like it is a perfect fit because my school runs a 3-4 defense, and our coach took some stuff from Georgia when we were there this summer, so I've basically been running the same defense that Georgia runs," he said. "They've been telling me all the plays and stuff, so when I graduate and get there, I'll be ready to go."
While Warren Central's overall record of 5-6 this season was disappointed for Kimbrough and his teammates, but he was pleased with the play of himself and the defense in which he helped lead.
"We had the best defense in the state and probably one of the best defenses in the country," said Kimbrough. "Our team didn't have the best season. I feel like I did good because I have a lot of experience, but I came in feeling like I could dominate this year and I feel like I did good."
Kimbrough plans to enroll at UGA in June, but he also hopes to get down to Athens as many times as possible before the Classic City becomes his four year home.
"I'm going to try and get back down there a lot this off season," he said. "I hope I can get down there a lot."
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