October 20, 2011

Buckeyes looking at Kimbrough

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One of the top junior prospects in the Midwest is Indianapolis (Ind.) Warren Central linebacker Tim Kimbrough. The 6-foot-1, 217-pound prospect is having a huge junior season with 145 tackles, 16 tackles-for-loss, and three sacks through nine games. Kimbrough is hearing from many of the top programs around the nation and has already picked up some verbal offers.

"I've got offers from North Carolina, Cincinnati, and Purdue," said Kimbrough. "Penn State, Iowa, Georgia, and a lot of other schools (are showing interest)."

Kimbrough has been hitting the road recently as he made unofficial visits in each of the last two weekends to Tennessee and Notre Dame respectively.

"I was at LSU/Tennessee last week and the week before that I was at Purdue/Notre Dame," he said. "The (Tennessee game) was just real hard hitting and the Purdue game was good, too."

Ohio State has also taken a serious interest in Kimbrough and the interest is mutual as the talented linebacker is hoping to make an unofficial visit to Columbus in the near future.

"I've been talking to coach Doc Tressel and I'm probably going to go down there for the Indiana game or the Wisconsin game," he said. "I like them because they always have good linebacker coaches and they always have a good team."

Early in the process, Kimbrough isn't claiming any favorites and he doesn't anticipate on making an early college decision.

"I'm going to wait for my senior year before making a decision," he said.

Coach's Take:

Warren Central has been a major powerhouse for many years now and the program has produced some big-time talent during that time span. We caught up with a member of the Warren Central coaching staff to get his thoughts on Kimbrough as a player and college prospect.

"He's probably one of the most instinctive players that I've ever coached," he said. "He plays sideline-to-sideline which you'll see on his film. He has a knack for the big hit; college coaches always tell me that whenever he's tackling somebody he has that extra little bit of impact that knocks them backwards. He's great in coverage and he can play all three positions in a 4-3."

The Warren Central program has produced several Division I prospects in recent years at the linebacker position and Kimbrough compares favorably to a former Big Ten standout.

"I think he stacks up pretty well (to past prospects)," he said. "He's only a junior and we've had some great players come through here. His numbers that he's putting up are similar to a kid named Chris Graham that we had here that went to Michigan and played for the Saints. He's very similar; he's got a lot of ability."

As a versatile and complete player, there aren't too many things that Kimbrough struggles with and he's been working hard to improve in any possible perceived areas of weakness.

"The things we've talked about is being a better practice player and just watching more film," the coach said. "He's doing those things and then I want him to have another good winter in the weight room like he did last year and I think that he'll probably be playing in that 225-235 pound range next year so he'll be bigger, faster, and stronger."


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