Kimmie Carson just completed a summer camp in Jonesboro and hopes his performance was impressive enough to earn him an offer from the Red Wolves staff. The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder from Tulsa (Okla.) East Central High School, who currently holds three offers, is now waiting to hear back from Arkansas State head coach Gus Malzahn for final approval.
"The Arkansas State camp went pretty well, I thought," said Kimmie Carson. "The coaches have my number, so I'm hoping to receive an official offer. When I first started being recruited by Brandon Hall, he said they liked my physicality and how fast I play. They want linebackers who have no problem dropping back in coverage and that's something I do well.
"I'm definitely interested. I didn't get to look around campus but I took in a lot of the town. It's seems like it's a lot different than Tulsa, but I liked it."
"They liked how fast I learn," he said on Arkansas. "They also said they liked how well I accept coaching, and that I play at a fast pace from whistle to whistle. Coach Cinkovich told me when I left to be expecting a phone call."
At Tulsa East Central, Carson had 108 tackles (2nd on the team), two interceptions, and two sacks playing the "Sam" linebacker. Although he'll have a new head coach and new 4-2-5 defense, Carson says he is expecting to have a big senior year and show those out there who haven't offered what they're missing out on.
"I want to go out and make all of the schools that overlooked me regret it," Carson said. "I think we're going to have an excellent season and I'm going to do everything I can to make sure we get to state. We made it to the 2nd round last year, but this year I think we're going to be better."
Arkansas State has expressed interest in Carson's teammates at East Central, Jevonte Cross, a linebacker who they were coming to visit when first introduced to Carson. The staff offered defensive back Stanvon Taylor but he committed to Oklahoma in May. Now, with a likely offer forthcoming, they'll try to lure Carson to Jonesboro.
"I'm going to be looking at how many linebackers are there and how many [the school] is recruiting," Carson said on how his college decision-making will unfold. "I'll be looking at what kind of defense they run. I'm definitely going to look at the academic programs and where they're ranked nationally."
Carson said he recently scored an 18 on the ACT but would like to retake the test to try and improve his score. He's looking to major in Physical Therapy in college. Recently, the Tulsa World rated Carson the No. 2 linebacker in the city's metro area.