Auburn Makes Big Impression On Four-Star OL

Four-star offensive lineman Kaleb Kim discusses his visit to Auburn and why the Tigers are at the top of his list.

Hoschton, Ga.--A standout offensive lineman at Mill Creek High, four-star Kaleb Kim already had a strong feeling about the Auburn Tigers before his return visit to the Plains on Saturday. Getting to see Coach Gus Malzahn‘s team in action for a spring practice and then talking with the coaches after, he said the trip only confirmed for him his feelings on the Tigers.

"I liked it," Kim said. "They're still at the top. I really like all the coaches and how they run practices. It was a good visit.

"It's close by and I like that a lot," he adds of the Tigers. "I'm very impressed with the coaches and how they do things. Hopefully they'll stick around."

With offers from all over the country coming in for the No. 14 offensive guard prospect according to Scout.com, Kim said even though he's got plenty of options he's focusing on two local schools as he gets closer to making his choice.

"Right now I have pretty much narrowed it down to Georgia and Auburn, and not necessarily in that order," Kim said. "They are both pretty close."

Spending a lot of time around Grimes on Saturday, Kim said one of the best parts of the day was getting to watch the coach in action on the practice field. Known for producing talented players while also being a players' coach, Grimes is definitely a factor in Auburn's favor he said.

"He's a great coach," Kim said. "He gets after it on the field. I like that. I talked to him a good bit, him and Coach Malzahn. The whole coaching staff is just great people.

"That's pretty much one of the main parts of my decision really," he added about seeing a practice. "It's just what their day-to-day lives are and things like that. I really enjoyed it."

Planning to make his decision before his senior season, Kim said days like Saturday are important for him because it allows him and his family to get a true sense of what life is like as a student-athlete at a school. That combined with his talks with the coaching staff have him getting closer to making his mind up.

"I'll talk to the players a little bit and see how they like it," Kim said. "Just really getting a feel for it, whatever feels best. I just have to get that feeling.

"I hope to have my decision after spring practice maybe," he added. "It may be in the summer. No later than that."


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