NC State head coach Dave Doeren first targeted Jerseyville (IL) Jersey Community QB Mitch Kimble when Doeren was still the head coach at Northern Illinois. That led to a commitment from the 6-2, 190 pound dual-threat signal-caller.
After moving from Northen Illinois to NC State, Doeren once again made Kimble a priority and that interest helped land the Wolfpack an official visit this past weekend. Pack Pride caught up with Kimble shortly after his visit to State to find out how the trip went.
"It went real well," said Kimble. "I know they're trying to build this program and they have a history with coach Doeren building a program like he did at Northern Illinois. That's what they do and I think they'll definitely build it up here (at NC State)."
Official visits can be a hectic 48 hours and it was no different for Kimble this weekend.
"We spent a lot of time touring the school and checking everything out. (On Saturday) we went to the basketball game and had a chance to hang around with the coaches and players."
As a junior, Kimble completed 63% of his passes while throwing for 1,427 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also added an impressive 957 yards on the ground and an additional 15 scores. He played a huge role in helping turn Jersey Community around- going 10-1 in 2012 after a 3-7 campaign in 2011.
With the ability to run and pass, how would Kimble fit into the NC State offensive system?
"They think I'd be a perfect fit for their offense because what they do is similar to what I've done in high school. They think I could step in and do a good job in their offense."
No longer a Northern Illinois commitment, Kimble has now narrowed his choices to NC State and Syracuse after making official visits to both schools. How do the two compare?
"I really enjoyed both visits," he said. "Coaches from both teams are great and they're both great programs. Both programs are going to do big things so it's going to be a tough decision."
That decision could come soon as Kimble hopes to put a quick end to his recruiting.
"I'm done with my visits and I hope to make a decision within the next 24 hours. That's what I'm thinking."