Louisiana Athlete On Visit

One of the hot names to break out in recruiting the last month has been Baton Rouge (LA) athlete Anthony Kimble. Bayou residents know the name full well on the basketball court, but he exploded onto the scene this year in a new football venture. Kimble may be the best athlete in all of Baton Rouge this year, and Stanford is one of two schools at the top of his list. He is on The Farm this weekend for a critical visit...

If you are still trying to figure out what to think of Louisiana athlete Anthony Kimble, that's OK. You are not alone.

Kimble has played just two years of football at University Laboratory High School in Baton Rouge and only recently figured out himself that he had a college future on the gridiron. The 6'1" athlete has been best known in the state for his standout skills on the hardcourt, where he has helped his high school team to a national ranking alongside highly acclaimed Garrett Temple and "Big Baby" Glen Davis. It was Davis two years ago, actually, who convinced Kimble to come join him on the football team. It is not without irony that the nationally famed "Big Baby" pushed his friend to football because the 6'7" 345-pound monster decided this past summer to end his football career and concentrate on basketball.

That fortuitous foray into football has Kimble in Palo Alto this weekend on his first official visit toward his college decision, and he is scrutinizing one of the two schools he says are indistinguishable favorites.

"Stanford and Duke are both good Division I programs who have a great education," the athlete told The Bootleg this week. "Stanford is more proven in football, but Duke is trying to build a program. Both places appeal to me. I honestly don't know enough about them to put one ahead of the other. I am listening to what the coaches have to say, but I really want to get out and see these places to find things out myself."

Though Kimble made his impact at University this fall as a running back with 1,124 yards, he scored from all over the field - rushing, receiving, special teams returns and even interception returns as a free safety. He carries an "athlete" label as a recruit right now but says that both Stanford and Duke have him pegged as a wide receiver.

On the Stanford recruiting front, Kimble took a big step by submitting his admissions application this week. That does not possibly allow him a chance to have an answer while he is on campus this weekend, and it will be interesting to see how that timing does play out during the next couple weeks. I say that because Duke just called Wednesday night to schedule an official visit for Kimble to Durham next weekend (1/16). He still has a trip scheduled to Tulane the following weekend (1/23) as well, though there is some question about that one.

"It's scheduled and I will most likely take it," the Baton Rouge two-sport athlete says of the Tulane trip. "They really say they want me to visit, but honestly they don't show me the attention like Stanford and Duke. I'm not sure what they have to offer me. It's a program going through so much, like the talk about dropping to Division II."

The busy January visit schedule is tough on Kimble, as the 6'1" shooting guard is in the thick of his senior basketball season. University is 16-3 on the year, and Kimble is scoring 14 points to go with five assists per game. "I'm trying to pass the ball more this year and get my teammates involved in the offense," he notes.

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