Commitment Bolsters ISU Secondary

Iowa State head coach Dan McCarney is putting the finishing touches on his 2004 recruiting class, and moved one step closer to completion Tuesday night by securing a verbal commitment from a Missouri high school defensive back. The addition is the 24th verbal reported by

"Tonight I made a verbal commitment to Iowa State," said Kimble, who recorded 48 tackles, three interceptions and two sacks this season for New Madrid (Mo.) Central High School. "I talked to (McCarney and assistant DeMontie Cross) around 6 o'clock. I had talked to Coach Cross earlier today and he was wondering if I was ready to make my commitment. I told them that I was ready and called up Coach Mac to tell him that everything was official. I want to be a Cyclone.

"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."

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