Kimberlin impressed with ASU

Hugh Freeze understands that recruiting is all about making good impressions, building relationships and being a head coach that prospects feel that they can trust. Mississippi linebacker Josh Kimberlin took an unofficial visit to Jonesboro Saturday and came away impressed with the Red Wolves whipping Memphis.

Hugh Freeze understands that recruiting is all about making good impressions, building relationships and being a head coach that prospects feel that they can trust.

It's apparently working. Freeze in his first year as Head Coach of Arkansas State already has 11 commitments for his first official recruiting class.

Winning also doesn't hurt, it shows current prospects that the ASU program is headed in the right directions.

One unofficial visitor that got the opportunity to take in the Arkansas State vs Memphis game this past Saturday night was Olive Branch Southern Baptist Educational Center linebacker/athlete Josh Kimberlin.

AStateNation.com caught up with Kimberlin to get his thoughts on Arkansas State.

"I loved it there," Kimberlin said. "It was an amazing game, a great game day atmosphere."

Kimberlin and the rest of the over 50 prospects attending the game got the chance to take a tour of the academic facilities and a mini tour of the athletic facilities.

"I got to take the tour of the academic building, I walked through tailgate city, it was an awesome experience," Kimberlin said. "I loved watching the game. Wow, I was impressed on how Arkansas State whipped Memphis, the Red Wolves are definitely a football program headed in the right direction."

Where does Arkansas State stand with Kimberlin?

"They are definitely my favorite right now, especially of the schools that has offered me," Kimberlin said. "I definitely can see myself being a Red Wolf."

Kimberlin plans on making his decision in the next couple of months.

"I will probably wait until my senior season is over," Kimberlin said. "Unless something tells me to do it sooner."

One thing that stands out for Kimberlin is Hugh Freeze.

"I respect him so much as a man," Kimberlin said. "I pray everyday that God puts me in the program he wants me in. You can tell Coach Freeze is a man that believes, that's important to me."

Kimberlin is a 6-foot-1, 195-pound athlete who runs the 40 yard dash in 4.5 seconds.

He rushed for 2,595 yards as a junior, led his team with 106 tackles. He also had 495 yards of kick off returns.