Kaleb Kim, who notes he weighed in at 6-4, 285 pounds on his trip to Auburn, said the Tigers are one of his favorites along with Georgia and Duke. He has a long list other scholarship offers. Among the Tigers, Bulldogs and Blue Devils he noted that each of those colleges is equally high on his list early in the recruiting process.
Rated four stars as the No. 29 offensive tackle recruit in the nation by Scout.com, Auburn offensive line coach J.B. Grimes likes the prospect at a different position, Kim points out. "Coach Grimes told me that I will be a guard there for sure. He sees me as a quick guy, a strong guy who can thrive at the guard position."
The Tigers received strong play from their guards and all of their offensive linemen in 2013 as they led the nation in rushing while winning the SEC championship with a dynamic offense leading the way. Playing for Grimes is something that Kim notes he is considering.
"I have always liked him since the first time that I met him," the prospect said. "I like the way he coaches and they have a similar offense as we do so I think the learning curve wouldn't be as tough as other schools."
Kaleb Kim said he is interested attending a college not too far away from his home in Georgia.
Learning is something the big lineman apparently does well. On the football field he picked up his assignments early in high school and has been a starter going back to his ninth grade year.
In the classroom he has a 3.5 grade point average at Mill Creek High. He points out that he will be considering academics in his college choice just as much as he will be trying to figure out what college will be the best fit for him on the football field, although he notes that hasn't decided yet what he wants to major in as a college student.
"Early playing time would be great, but ultimately it's the degree," he said when asked what he is looking for in a college, adding that he believes Auburn is a "great school" and that is one of the reasons the Tigers are in his top three.
In the spring Kim normally competes in the shot put and discus for his high school track and field team, but is currently rehabbing an injury and lifting weights to get ready for his senior football season.
"Last summer I broke my wrist at a summer camp and I was supposed to have surgery, but that would have put me out for the season so I just went ahead and played and taped up my wrist," he said. "I had surgery on January 2 so that will be healing and I should be good to go for spring (football) practice.
The 17-year-old prospect said that his offensive line coach at Mill Creek, Josh Lovelady, is one of the reasons he is getting plenty of attention from colleges. "Coach Lovelady has taught me to be a really good lineman," Kim said. "Whatever is lacking I always build that up."
The junior said he hasn't set a time line for making a college choice, but noted that he could make his selection this summer so he won't have to "worry" about recruiting during his senior season.