December 30, 2011
Will safety, Josh Kimberlin visit Army?
For safety/linebacker Josh Kimberlin, making a college decision goes beyond the borders of the football field and the 6-foot-1, 190 pound prospect has several colleges that hope when the dust has settled, that he says their name.
"I'm looking for a school that has a great coaching staff, although I don't want to set the goal on the coaching staff because that can always change ... as we seen in the past two years where over a dozen top colleges have changed their coaching staff," says the Olive Branch (Miss.) Southern Baptist Education Ctr recruit, who has really exercise his due diligence when it comes to knowing what will work best for him.
"I've talked to a bunch of coaches and people I know, and they say you have to love the university aside from football. Also the guys ... you know, the guys that are really going to make an impact on my life. Not only the coaches, but the guys that care about football, but care about what they are doing and getting an education."
Kimberlin currently holds offers from eight schools, including the Black Knights of Army, who came across the two-way player in a relative unique manner.
"Our baseball coach went to the Army-Vanderbilt game and got a chance to talk to Coach Mumford (John) or one of the Army coaches," shares Kimberlin.
"My baseball coach sent my highlight tape to the Army coaches and they looked at it. They came back and said that they would like for me to play either quarterback or safety. Then I received my offer and official visit dates from Army."
So does Kimberlin plan on making his way to the historic West Point campus for an official visit to Army?
"I haven't set up my visit yet and have to talk to my family about that," he adds. "My interest is there, but it's a big commitment. I'm not 100% sure if it's for me, but I'm going to pray about it and put a lot of thought into it."
His senior season saw Kimberlin play safety, but has also excelled in the past at outside linebacker and it appears many school project him as a strong safety according to the Mississippi native.
"Defensively it was tougher stats wise, but I had to 2 interceptions and close to 100 tackles," he says.
But Kimberlin was not limited to defense this year, where he also played equally as well as Southern Baptist Education Ctr's quarterback.
"Offensively we ran the spread and the triple option," says Kimberlin, who is aware that the latter offense is exactly what the Black Knights run. "I think if I went to Army I would be a running quarterback and not much of a passer and their offense would be an advantage for me."
In addition to football, Kimberlin runs 100M, 200M, 400M, along with handling Long Jump and Triple Jump duties at Southern Baptist .... not to mention having played basketball, which fits well for a prospect that registered a 38 inch vertical at the Auburn camp last summer.
GoBlackKnights.com will continue to follow Kimberlin's recruiting progress.
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