February 21, 2012

Kimbrough stands out

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INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana - Several talented football prospects competed on Monday at the Best of the Midwest combine in Indianapolis. Among the top ranked prospects entering the event was Indianapolis (Ind.) Warren Central linebacker Tim Kimbrough. The four-star prospect showed why he is one of the most highly rated linebackers in the nation with an impressive showing in the afternoon session which included 1on1 and 7on7 action.

"I think I did great today," said Kimbrough. "I don't think I did my best but in 1on1's and 7on7's I think I made up (for the testing numbers)."

Kimbrough snatched an interception during 7on7 action and said it was just natural instincts that allowed him to snare the ball out of mid-air from point blank range.

"It came right to me really," he laughed. "I just reacted."

Kimbrough has been blowing up recently on the recruiting trail and now holds more than a dozen offers from some outstanding programs.

"It's very exciting," he said. "I didn't really expect all of this to happen this fast."

Kimbrough's most recent unofficial visit was to Wisconsin. The Badgers have already offered and Kimbrough said he enjoyed himself in Madison.

"It was good," he said. "They said they liked my film and they were describing how I moved and stuff and they said they really liked that about me. I like the campus down there, too."

Ohio State is one program that is showing a lot of interest in Kimbrough, though no offer has been extended to this point. The physical inside linebacker says he speaks with a few members of the defensive coaching staff.

"Coach Fickell just told me that he's looking to build a relationship," he said. "I'm going to talk to coach Vrabel after (the combine). He messaged me on facebook so I'm going to call him."

The next stop for Kimbrough will be a trip south to the state of Kentucky where he's hoping to check out both BCS programs in the state.

"This weekend I'm going to Kentucky or Louisville," he said. "I'd like to go to both; it just depends on the timing."

At the moment, Kimbrough says he's keeping his options open and is trying to take as many visits as possible.

"I really don't have a favorite right now," he said. "I'm open right now, I just want to take all my visits and get cool with all of the coaches and stuff."

Kimbrough is coming off a monster junior year where he recorded approximately 150 tackles.

"I just like to compete," he said. "My sophomore year is when I started getting better and I started to get into a rhythm and my junior year I just stood out."

Kimbrough added that he is going to try and make it to Ohio State for a spring practice.


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