February 12, 2012
Kimbrough has Buckeyes on top
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One of the top linebacker prospects in the Midwest for the 2013 class is Indianapolis (Ind.) Warren Central product Tim Kimbrough. The 6-foot-1, 230-pound prospect has been to Ohio State multiple times over the last year and was one of the more high profile prospects in attendance at Sunday's junior day.
"It was good," said Kimbrough. "I got to meet (the new coaches) and got to know them better and stuff like that."
Though Kimbrough left Columbus without an offer, he was told that he sits very high on the board for the Ohio State coaching staff.
"I spent the most time with coach (Luke) Fickell," he said. "He told me he liked me a lot and he's trying to build a relationship with me before he offers and that I just need to try and be patient."
After an unofficial visit to Ohio State back during the season, Kimbrough listed the Buckeyes as the team to beat in his recruitment and he stood by that statement on Sunday evening.
"They're still at the top right now," he said. "I just like the tradition there and the coaches. The linebackers coach, coach Fickell is real cool and I like their facilities."
In addition to Ohio State, Kimbrough lists three other Big Ten programs as schools that he likes and hopes to learn more about in the near future.
"I like Wisconsin, Michigan State, and Michigan," he said. "(On Wisconsin) I haven't got to know them a whole lot but they're a Big Ten team and I like Big Ten teams and I just like them. Michigan State, I haven't got to learn a lot about them yet either but they have good linebackers. (On Michigan) I like their tradition, I'd like to get down there and visit."
Kimbrough is coming off a monster junior season in which he recorded over 150 tackles.
"I think I did great this year," he said. "Next year I know I'm going to do way better because I got stronger and I've gained a lot of weight. I'm hoping to improve on my speed and how quick my reaction is and stuff like that."
The physical linebacker also added that he would like to make it out to three Big Ten programs for unofficial visits at some point in the near future.
"I'm probably going to try and get down to Iowa, Michigan State, and Wisconsin soon," he said.
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