A four-star prospect that had offers from all over the country, the 6-4, 285 Kim said he knew early that Auburn was the right place for him and that was all he needed to see.
“I have been waiting for this for a while now,” Kim tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. “It’s good to officially be part of the Auburn family and get to this point where I can really focus on getting there and getting to work.
“There were a few factors that played into things for me,” he added. “One was that it’s so close. It’s just right down the road for me. Also the coaches, they are all great guys. Auburn just had a different feel to it. There’s not really words I can say to describe it, but once you go to a couple of different colleges you kind of know what place is for you and what places aren’t.”
One of the biggest reasons why Kim was solid with the Tigers was the bond he had with Malzahn and his future position coach J.B. Grimes. Getting to know them throughout the process, Kim said he couldn’t imagine two better guys to work with on the next level.
“They are a great group of guys over there,” Kim said. “They all have great values. I couldn’t be more blessed to have a group of coaches like them. I know I’ll be well taken care of.”
Athletic enough to play any of the five offensive line positions, Kim is expected to get his first shot at center for the Tigers. With four-year starter Reese Dismukes gone and a battle expected in the middle, Kim said he’s excited about learning the position on the Plains.
“I’ll either be a center or guard for sure,” Kim said. “That’s what Coach Grimes has told me. Center is something I haven’t really done a lot. The first time I ever got game reps was in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. It’s definitely a new experience, but I’m willing to put forth the effort and learn the position and thrive at it.”
With his signing done and the recruiting process long behind him, Kim said he can’t wait to get to Auburn so he can begin his career with the Tigers.
“I’m super excited to be a part of the family,” Kim said. “I’m blessed to have such a great fanbase behind our football team.”