Kimbrough playing closer to home

ATHENS - Getting to Athens to see their son play linebacker for Georgia is a nine-hour drive for Tim Kimbrough’s parents from his hometown of Indianapolis.

The Bulldogs’ game at Missouri Saturday will offer an opportunity for his father, a cook at Methodist Hospital, and some friends from work to rent a van and head off for Columbia at about 3 or 4 a.m.

“I’m going to try to get some extra tickets,” the sophomore backup said.

Tim Kimbrough Sr. attended the Clemson home game and said he goes to two road games a year. This season it will be Missouri, a six-hour drive, and Kentucky, four hours away.

It takes about nine hours to make it from Indianapolis to Athens.

“We just live so far and can’t afford it half the time,” he said. “His mother made it to her only game this past week.”

Kimbrough Jr., who has 12 tackles this season, wanted to “play in the SEC, he wanted to play in best conference,” his father said. His aunt and cousin live in North Carolina.

Kimbrough Jr. grew up in Big Ten country, but loved his recruiting visit to Georgia, where his leade recruiter was former defensive coordinator Todd Grantham.

The addition of Missouri and Texas A&M into the SEC hasn’t impacted Georgia’s recruiting philosophy much.

Georgia historically focuses on in-state players from talent-rich Georgia and those from the surrounding states, but will go to other areas for more talented players.

“Just like when you get a (Matthew) Stafford or (Knowshon) Moreno, when you get those types of guys, you locate, you gauge interest and if you think you’ve got a shot at it, you go after them,” coach Mark Richt said. “It’s the same type of deal, but I don’t think it’s a situation where we’re going to put all of our resources into either one of those states or a lot of resources there.”

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