After experiencing in-home visits from both Duke Blue Devils Head Coach Ted Roof and the Stanford staff, Anthony Kimble and his family are preparing to finalize the future plans for this incredibly athletic receiver.
"I enjoyed both visits," Kimble says of his two January official visits to Palo Alto and Durham. "I now have most of the information to put myself in a position to make a decision. I'm talking with my parents and my high school coach, the people I most trust, to help me with advice and guidance."
A commitment from Kimble would certainly solidify Duke's receiver corps. It appears as though he is the staff's top priority as they try to put the finishing touches on this year's class. Many recruiting analysts and talent scouts have raved about Kimble's overall athleticism, which is evident from his play both on the gridiron and the hard court.
Kimble, splitting time as a running back and wide receiver, rushed for 1,124 yards in his senior season while totaling 18 touchdowns. As the starting shooting guard for one of the top teams in the country, he is currently averaging 14 points per game.
Several factors seem to be prevalent in the decision-making process for Kimble. One factor may be his future position coach. At Duke, Kimble would have the chance to learn under the tutelage of newly hired Associate Head Coach / WR Coach David Kelly.
Ironically, Kelly just recently left the Stanford staff to join the new staff that Ted Roof has put together at Duke. Kelly, who has coached at the University of Georgia, LSU, and Georgia Tech has supervised the development of several NFL players, including Josh Reed, Hines Ward, Terrell Davis, Robert Edwards, and Kelly Campbell.
Stanford has yet to announce any new members of their current staff after the departure of three assistant coaches. Meanwhile, Duke under Ted Roof's reign has reached far and wide to bring in an elite staff, including David Kelly, Glenn Spencer, Jerry Azzinaro, and Marty Galbraith.
Stanford appears to be a team in turmoil. Despite some success under Tyrone Willingham, Stanford under Buddy Teevens seems to have lost the edge that once made it competitive. Three of the four coordinators have moved away from Stanford over the past two years. Conversely, the Duke Blue Devils under Ted Roof appear to be mounting a huge resurgence in the entire program. The last five games under Roof demonstrated the importance of team strength and unity, a future trademark of Duke Football under Ted Roof. Wins against Georgia Tech and North Carolina, as well as hard fought losses to Tennessee and NC State have validated this young head coach's talent and have spearheaded a remarkable turnaround for the Duke Football program.
Expectations are once again high for the mighty Blue Devils. And this increase in expectations has transitioned over to recruiting. With the possible future commitment of Anthony Kimble as well as a few other highly-rated recruits still considering the Blue Devils, the 2004 Duke signing class appears to be one of the best ever brought into Durham.
"It was a great experience," Kimble says of the Duke trip. "It was like the Southern style I'm used to. The place was beautiful. The weather was different from what I enjoyed at Stanford, but that isn't a real factor in my decision. Duke reminded me of Stanford. Both are programs not at their best, but making positive progress toward better days."
If Kimble decides to don Duke blue next fall, there will surely be better days ahead for the Devils.