4-Star Lineman Recruiting for the Tigers

Kaleb Kim talks about his commitment to Auburn and his desire to help recruit future teammates.

Hoschton, Ga.--Four-star offensive guard Kaleb Kim made a recent trip to Auburn for Big Cat Weekend to hang out with his fellow commits and try to sway others to join him on the Plains.

A major target for the Mill Creek High prospect, who committed to the Tigers in April, is a fellow Georgian, five-star defensive tackle Trenton Thompson.

"He's a big one that I'd definitely like to get over to Auburn," says Kim, who is ranked the No. 15 offensive guard in the nation by Scout.com.

Kim notes that when he talked to Thompson at a Georgia spring football practice the defensive tackle seemed "pretty set on Georgia," but the Auburn commitment adds that he is "sure a lot of things have changed."

Kim says he pitched the environment at Auburn to the Westover High standout, who lists Georgia and Auburn as his top two schools.

"It just feels like a better environment to me," Kim says. "I'm sure a lot of other people feel the same way. I just try to see where he stands. Hopefully, I can change his mind about some things."

Kim's relationship with Auburn's coaches, especially offensive line coach J.B. Grimes, was one of the main reasons he chose the Tigers over finalist Georgia.

"Not saying the coaches at Georgia aren't first-class people, they are first-class people," Kim says. "They treated me well. I feel like at Auburn, Coach Grimes and Coach (Gus) Malzahn, I feel like they're more interested in me as a person rather than a player."

Kim notes that he enjoys his trips to Auburn. "Most of the reason I come up for all of the visits is to get to know the coaches a lot better, just solidify my relationship with them. When I get there, it will be smooth sailing."

Kim points out he doesn't plan on taking recruiting visits to any other school and that his focus now is on bringing more prospects to the Plains. "It'd be great just to have everybody on board," he says. "Great teammates to have would be a great deal."


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