Speedy Kimbrow Is High On Tigers

Running back/athlete Brian Kimbrow talks about Big Cat Weekend and what the likes about the Tigers. Junior game highlights are included in this report.

Memphis, Tenn.--Speed is always in need in the game of football and one of the players that has schools from all over the country heading to Memphis is four-star running back Brian Kimbrow from East High School.

Over the weekend Kimbrow was one of several highly-rated prospects in Auburn for the third Big Cat Weekend under Coach Gene Chizik and had nothing but positives to say about his visit and about the Tigers.

"It went very well," Kimbrow said. "I got a chance to build a relationship with the coaches and visit the campus and things like that. I really enjoyed it. It's kind of what I imagined it to be because they won a national championship. It's a new experience for me to see all the trophies and meet other top players from around the country."

One of the biggest things for Kimbrow on his visit was the opportunity to sit down and talk with the Auburn coaching staff. One of those is Trooper Taylor, Auburn's wide receiver coach and the man who recruits Kimbrow's school. He said the two get along well and that's one of the reasons he's high on the Tigers.

"I just got a chance to build a better relationship with the coaches," Kimbrow said. "Me and Coach Trooper (Taylor) have a good history with each other. He said I remind him of himself because I'm so energetic and outgoing with everybody. It has made our relationship stronger."

Brian Kimbrow

At 5-9, 168 with a reported time in the 4.2 range in the 40-yard dash, Kimbrow is an explosive player and it shows in his numbers on the field. Last season he ran for 1,651 yards and scored 18 touchdowns on the ground. He totaled 2,310 all-purpose yards and added two kickoff returns for touchdowns with only three balls kicked to him all season long. It's those kinds of big plays that has Auburn's coaching staff thinking about his place in the offense.

"They're telling me running back," Kimbrow said. "They said they would feature me like number 23 (Onterio McCalebb). They said he might be leaving this year and I could come in and fill his spot. I actually got a chance to talk to him today and I asked him if he wanted to race me. He told me when I got to Auburn then I could race him."

With offers from schools such as LSU, Miami, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oregon, Tennessee and USC along with Auburn and several others, Kimbrow said at the moment the Tigers are in the mix along with two more schools.

"I feel like the coaches are being real with me," Kimbrow said. "Auburn is in my Top Five along with Vanderbilt and Cincinnati. I don't know who the other two are yet. I don't have them in any order. I should have a Top Five or Top 10 by the end of this month."

He said he would like to make an early decision, but won't rush into things just to get it done. He said he hopes to learn more about Auburn's offense and the coaching staff as he looks more and more at the Tigers.


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