Athlete Prospect Nathan Kimbrough

He's fast, long and athletic, so Santa Fe Springs' <b>Nathan Kimbrough</b> has made some college coaches notice him this spring. The wide receiver/athlete, though, is looking to stay close to home...

The speedy Nathan Kimbrough (6-1, 165, Santa Fe Springs (Calif.) Santa Fe) is rising fast on many recruiting lists, and hearing from most of the top schools in the West.


"I've heard from Colorado, Arizona State, Boise State, USC and UCLA and also Iowa State," said Kimbrough.


Kimbrough had a strong showing at the Nike Combine this week, running a 4.48 40 and jumping 30 inches, while also looking solid in the one-on-one drills. "I think I did real good. I had a good time and thought I showed myself well," said Kimbrough.


While being recruited primarily as a wide receiver, Kimbrough looks to also have some potential as a good-sized cornerback, and also hopes to see plenty of action on special teams in college. "I definitely want to return kicks and punts," he said.  " I like to have everyone coming at me, and I think I can do some good things with the ball in my hands, so yeah, I want to be a returner."


Currently, Kimbrough's top two are the pair in his backyard. "I prefer to stay in California, so UCLA and USC are my top two.  I really can't say either is ahead but they are my two top schools."


While he has the chance to take several trips, if the right offer comes, he could end the recruitment pretty quickly. He said, "It won't necessarily be the first one who offers, because I want to weigh my options. But if it feels right, I will make a commitment.  My mom wants me to just make the right decision. She doesn't care where really, she just wants me to go and graduate from college."


Kimbrough plans to attend the Iowa State camp this summer.  He has a 3.0 GPA, took the SAT  but wasn't happy with his score and plans to take it again. "My mom said to make sure I concentrate on my school because that's what will take me places, so I am going to study to take the SAT again," he said.


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