"The coaching staff made me feel right at home when I was up there. The players and surroundings were great. It was a lot of fun up there. All of the players and coaches seem like one big family."
The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder chose ISU over scholarship offers from Kansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Arkansas and Missouri. In addition to the official visit he took to Ames the weekend of Jan. 16-18, Kimble also made stops at Arkansas in November and Kentucky on Jan. 9-11.
Kimble's official visit to Ames was better than he originally thought it would be.
"When I went up there I didn't think it was going to be like that," he said. "It was a lot more than what I expected. It was a great campus and I liked the stadium. I talked to a couple of the students there and they said it was a great school. The players say it is really great and they have a great organization."
Kimble projects as a free safety at Iowa State, but also could factor in as a wide receiver depending on how the Cyclones wrap up this recruiting class. But Kimble makes no secret of the spot he'd rather play. Either way, he'll be working towards playing early in his career.
"My opportunities are pretty good," he said. "Last year they said they had a pretty young team and have lost a couple seniors. I have a great chance of playing up there. They told me I could play either side of the ball, free safety or wide receiver. My favorite, though, is defensive back. They like my speed and jumping ability. My coverage skills are pretty good and so is my tackling. I like hitting people. I'd rather do the hitting than get hit."