"I am committing to Auburn," Kim said during his announcement, adding that "this will absolutely be my final decision."
Kim noted that he told Malzahn the news ahead of time that he was going to choose Auburn before he made the announcement on Thursday at his high school. "He is really excited," Kim said. "I told him last week at A-Day and it was an exciting time. Their game day is amazing. I've always like Auburn and how they run things. Their whole coaching staff is top notch."
The prospect pointed out he is comfortable around Auburn's coaches. "They've sat down with me and talked about their schemes," he said.
A 6-4, 285-pound prospect who will be a senior this fall, the heavily recruited Kim narrowed his choices to Auburn and Georgia before making a decision. Kim had offers from Tennessee, South Carolina, Alabama, FSU, Florida, Cal, Ohio State, Duke and many others.
Kim is Auburn's 11th verbal commitment for the 2015 signee class and the sixth since April 15th when running back Kerryon Johnson pledged to the Tigers followed by offensive lineman Bailey Sharp, safety Ben Edwards, offensive lineman Marquel Harrell and receiver/athlete D'Anfernee McGriff.
Kim, a good student who carries a 3.5 grade point average, notes that one of the reasons he wants to play football for Auburn is to be coached by J.B. Grimes, who is having major success working with the Tigers' offensive linemen.
"I have always liked him since the first time that I met him," Kim told Inside the Auburn Tigers. "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 has been recruited by colleges from around the country.
"With Coach Grimes he seems like he's interested in me as a person, rather than just a recruit," Kim added. "That's different than the other places I've been."
The prospect said campus visits were helpful in coming to a decision. "It's important to get a good feel about everything and the culture of the school. To get to talk to the other offensive linemen and see how they act around the coaches.
Commenting on Auburn, he said, "It's impressive, they seem like they have some things rolling for them and it's something I want to be a part of."
He added that he is now focusing on finishing his junior year of high school and preparing to be a senior at Mill Creek High. "The recruiting process can be distracting at times," he said. :I need to focus on what got me to this point, my play on the field.
Kim, who moved up from No. 29 to No. 14 in the most recent Scout.com rankings, was in Auburn this past weekend to check out the team's annual A-Day spring game. On that visit he spent time with a pair of Auburn commitments from Georgia, quarterback Tyler Queen and offensive lineman Bailey Sharp, who committed to the Tigers prior to kickoff of the spring game.
Kim said he likes Auburn's package of athletics and academics. "Early playing time would be great, but ultimately it's the degree," he said.