The sky's the limit for Missouri RB

The "show me" state will have a host of top-flight preps this year who should be sought after from coast to coast. One of those that is already on that list is RB, A.J. Jimmerson. With 8 offers in hand, Jimmerson is chomping at the bit to get the season going so he can jump up that list even higher and cement himself as one of the best in the Midwest.

Coming off a year where he put together over 2,000 yards in total offense, A.J. Jimmerson represents the complete package as a running back. Running for over 1,500 of those yards, but still while catching for over 600, schools will be looking at the variety of ways this young man can hurt the competition. As you might guess, his versatility is what he considers to be one of his main strengths. "I like to think there's nothing I can't do back there." Jimmerson stated. "I am good at hitting the holes and getting outside if I need to, but I'm also good at catching the ball short and making something happen."

A.J. has already made plenty happen with the recruiting, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa and Michigan State all having offered the Hazelwood Central standout in writing. But, for A.J., he's hoping it's just the beginning. "For me, the offers make you want to get more." he said. "I am going through the whole process, so it will be interesting to see just where I can go."

The options are already there for Jimmerson, but he said that he wants to have even more in front of him before he decides officially where he's going to go. "Right now, I am really wide-open." he said. "I don't want to limit myself and just keep my options totally open so that I can think of going anywhere."

There are some obvious criteria for A.J., the same kind of criteria most young preps have about their prospective school. Tradition, winning, coaching relationship, atmosphere, you ask A.J. what he thinks about how important each of those are, he'll simply say, "Yes, those things always factor in."

Another thing that factors in for Jimmerson's immediate future is just how his team is looking this year and considering his position, the offensive line in particular. A.J. said that this season is set up for success in a lot of ways. "We're looking good there." A.J. said of the offensive line. "It makes you want to get out there right now and play."

Jimmerson will have about three months before that will happen, so he's found ways to occupy his time since. As you might guess, with so many schools looking at him, A.J. has tried to find the time to take a look himself, Jimmerson having unofficially visited Iowa, Illinois and Missouri twice. A.J. also plans on going to Kansas State on the 3rd of next month.

Outside of that, A.J. is just working out and working towards not just climbing that in-state list of top prospects, but those lists everywhere else as well. For him, now is the time to shine. "You can't wait for the season to be dedicated." A.J. said. "Now is when you work the hardest so that when the season gets here, you are ready to do your best. That's what I plan on doing because really, the sky is the limit."

Jimmerson has a 2.8 GPA and is retaking his ACT.

Steve Ryan can be reached at or 402-730-5619

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