Grimes Makes Big Impact On Newest AU Commit

The work of J.B. Grimes in the recruiting process proved to be huge for Kaleb Kim in his decision to choose the Tigers.

Hoschton, Ga.--For four-star Auburn offensive line commitment Kaleb Kim his decision to choose the Tigers had a lot to do with relationships and the family feeling he got from the coaching staff and players while making several visits to the Plains.

However, the key for Auburn in securing a commitment may have have come before he even got an offer from the Tigers.

Fresh off an impressive thrashing of Missouri in the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta, Auburn offensive line Coach J.B. Grimes was in the office of Mill Creek High Coach Shannon Jarvis to talk about Kim and inquire about the type of player and person the junior lineman was. That was the beginning of what would become a strong bond between player and his future coach, Kim said, and noted it's important to him to this very day.

"That said a lot because after that I knew they were going to offer since they were here the week after the week of the SEC Championship," Kim said. "That was special that he would do that.

"He has really taken the time to sit down and talk with me about how I fit in there and me as a person as well as a player," he added of Grimes. "I thought that was pretty cool of him. Coach Grimes is an awesome guy."

A very happy Kim following his commitment to Auburn

That visit not only made an impact on Kim, but also to Jarvis as well. With a constant stream of coaches coming through his school over the last few seasons, he said to see a guy take the time to make that trip in spite of everything else going on was impressive.

"Auburn played in the SEC Championship Game on Saturday night and won it," Jarvis said. "The first thing on Monday morning I was called out of my class about 8 a.m. and it was J.B. Grimes wanting to go talk about Kaleb. Even then they had not offered, but his actions and willingness to build that relationship and stay in constant contact with Kaleb, I think the world of Coach Grimes.

"As much as he is a football coach, he's a genuine person. What comes across in recruiting and on the field you can tell he wants to connect with his players. He coaches them hard, but he wants to connect with them and hold them accountable to play at their highest level."

Kim becomes the third offensive lineman from the state of Georgia to commit to the Tigers in the last six days, joining Bailey Sharp from Walton High in Marietta and Marquel Harrell from Creekside High in Fairburn. A physical player who is athletic enough to play tackle if needed, the 6-4, 285 Kim should be a perfect fit at guard for the Tigers down the road and his coach believes his best football is ahead of him under the guidance of Grimes.

"It's his athleticism," Jarvis said of Kim's strengths as a players. "A lot of what Auburn does schematically and I don't want to say we run Auburn's offense, but we're fast-paced and we want to run the football. As far as at guard, he's a very athletic guard. Auburn does a lot of buck sweeps where they pull the guards. I think he's going to fit perfectly for that. I think J.B. will be the first one to tell you, he's going to take his five most athletic and go play.

"With the athleticism of Kaleb, I feel like in college he's got a great frame to add a lot more good weight," Jarvis added. "He should be able to go to 300 or 310 and be just as explosive with his hips.

"I feel like he's going to be a better college player, ironically. As good as he is in high school I think he's got unlimited potential for college when he can get the weight on. I think he's still growing."

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