Kim Shows Respect Every Step Of The Way

Showing respect for all the teams that recruited him was important for Auburn commitment Kaleb Kim.

Hoschton, Ga.--When the time came for four-star offensive lineman Kaleb Kim to make his announcement at the Mill Creek High School fieldhouse on Thursday there was no elaborate ceremony. That's not Kim's style.

Instead family and friends packed the team room in anticipation of Kim's decision. Most already had good idea considering the 6-4, 280 lineman had narrowed his choices to Auburn and Georgia several weeks earlier. After thanking everyone for joining him on his special day Kim simply reached down, opened a bag and put on an Auburn hat.

That was it. No playing with several different hats on a table. No gimmicks. Just simply pulling on the hat and saying he was an Auburn Tiger, but for the soft-spoken Kim nothing else was needed.

"Just one," Kim said of his hat choice. "I felt like that was the best way to go. No disrespect to any other schools. Georgia has been really good to me. Everywhere else, Ohio State, I could go down the list of everywhere I visited. It was first-class. I didn't want to be disrespectful to anyone."

That's exactly the attitude and respect for the game and the recruiting process that Mill Creek Coach Shannon Jarvis has seen from Kim every step of the way. Always showing the talent needed to be successful on the field, his coach said the work ethic and the he's gone about making himself a better player and person is what stands out about his offensive lineman.

"On the field it's an unselfishness he brings to the team," Jarvis said. "He never talked about his recruitment. His teammates respect him. I could talk to you about his physicality, his intensity, his toughness, but his genuine love for his teammates is the best thing he brings to the team.

"He's very mature," the coach added. "The biggest thing is get him more vocal. I would say he was, but he's an intrinsic kid. He's very intelligent. It wasn't until we brought him up in the ninth grade that we saw how physical he was. He's very intelligent and intense in his thinking. We went over to Alabama in February and he got offered -great recruiting trip, but he didn't get caught up in the emotions.

"He processed it and came home," Jarvis said. "He was very impressed, but on every trip I could ask him how it was, and he could go through the things he liked and it wasn't just materialistic stuff. I was proud of the way he handled it and that's a credit to his parents."

Now with the chance to explore different parts of the country and take visits to see some different things, Kim said that's not what he's about as a prospect. Not wanting to waste anyone's time or money, he said he's sure of where he wants to make his next home and because of that he doesn't need to see anyone else.

"It will be just Auburn," Kim said of his plans. "No visits anywhere else. I'm a man of my word. I committed to Auburn and I'm going to stick with that decision."

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