Brian Kimbrow says he will play at Vanderbilt

Memphis East running back Brian Kimbrow, who is ranked as the top football recruit in Memphis according to rivals.com, made an oral commitment to Vanderbilt today at a press conference held at the D1 Training Facility in Franklin, Tenn.

“It’s just a family environment there,” said Kimbrow. “It’s a place where I felt comfortable. And (new Vandy) (James) coach Franklin is like a father figure.”

Kimbrow had offers from at least 24 schools, and picked the Commodores from a final list that included Tennessee, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, Cincinnati and Notre Dame.

Kimbrow is the No. 2 all-purpose running back prospect in the Class of 2012 and rated as a four-star athlete.

The 5-9, 165-pound Kimbrow ran for 1,557 yards (7.7 per carry) and scored 15 touchdowns for a Mustangs team that went 4-7 and lost to Ridgeway in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs in 2010.

Kimbrow's been clocked at 4.24 in the 40-yard dash.

Two Nashvillle area high school players also made commitments today at D1 with Kimbrow. WR Cory Batey of Ensworth and Caleb Azubike of McGavock also selected Vanderbilt.

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flatrock writes:

4-7 last year in HS. He should fit right in at Vandy. (hey, it is a long, long time until Signing Day 2012).

tgiles1944#654264 writes:

In order to build a successful program you have to recruit players that know how to win. Could luck Brian you will need it at Vanderbilt.

OrangePride writes:

Wasn't this pretty much a foregone conclusion anyway? Well, he'll get a good education even if the football doesn't go too well. But just look at the troll posters....optimism reigns supreme in Nashville, so we'll see how the young man does.

rocky_topper writes:

Good news! Didn't want him anyways!

Gart5 writes:

I very much doubt that he runs as fast as Chris Johnson (the fastest ever runner at the NFL Combine).

springtx_vol writes:

No sour grapes here (and good luck to Brian). If he is capable of the academics at Vandy, more power to him. I wish I could have afforded to go to Vandy and have been a UT fan while there. As it was, I ended up at Geargia Tech wearing my UT Vols stuff. It is a long story on ending up at GaTech!

GBO

FWBVol writes:

I know football is a team sport so it's hard to say this kid had anything to do with his team's 4-7 record. And, obviously, he's a kid that a lot of people wanted, including UT.

Apparently he does have some hops and some potential, but I have to wonder if he really knows how to use his speed. He only averaged 7.7 yards a carry and scored just 15 TDs in 11 games. Those will be nice numbers if he can do it at Vandy against SEC competition, but you can shake a tree and a dozen high school kids with similar numbers will fall out of it and they probably don't have this kid's foot speed.

murrayvol writes:

in response to slaw_way:

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Me too. Wish him all the best....excepting 1 game.

NYvolFan writes:

165 lbs? In the SEC won't last long. Clearly his speed didn't help his team much in high school. How is this a loss? Did we want him bad?

jman33163 writes:

This will probably get ugly quick so let me hop in here and wish the young man well.

Take advantage of the great education you can receive at Vandy. Hope you do well on Saturdays unless you are playing UT!

Go Big Orange!!!!

bballvol1234 writes:

Vols should have gone after Corey Batey harder! Great kid that could have been a nice multi-purpose player both offensively and defensively

SWVA_RockyTopVol writes:

I bleed orange and wouldn't change it for the world but I have to say, half of UT's fan base is a joke. If this kid would have committed to play for us then everybody would have been pumped but now that he has committed to our in-state rival, half the peoe on this site hate on him and say how he's not going to make it in the SEC anyways. He has all the talent in the world and he'll show it to everyone on gameday. I wish we could have pulled him in but best of luck to him regardless.

n2thecheckerboards2 writes:

I could care less how his career goes after the things he said about UT.

huntined#565710 writes:

Smart move if he want's to play soon and he can do that at VANDY wish him well and move on..

n2thecheckerboards2 writes:

in response to huntined#565710:

Smart move if he want's to play soon and he can do that at VANDY wish him well and move on..

Not gonna wish a kid well that said Tennessee made him wanna puke

orangecountyvols writes:

in response to n2thecheckerboards2:

Not gonna wish a kid well that said Tennessee made him wanna puke

No big surprise.

I do not know if the kid said anything which is reported.

If so, he's where he belongs. If not, good luck
if he can keep from getting hit.

JSamson7 writes:

I seen on other boards where he tweeted some negative things about UT. I don't pay to go on that site, but does anybody have a clue what it's about?

VOLS_FAN15 writes:

Not heard a lot about this guy but the only thing i saw in him was speed which we need but not to bad. we still have Oku and Rajon Neal for next year in the back field to carry the load.. bummer we didnt get him but not that big of a deal.

NYvolFan writes:

in response to orangecountyvols:

No big surprise.

I do not know if the kid said anything which is reported.

If so, he's where he belongs. If not, good luck
if he can keep from getting hit.

That was my point...at 165 lbs., he better be fast, or he'll get beat up fast.

RollTideJoe writes:

The new coach at Vandy is getting better athletes than past years, so he might do pretty well. Yes, 165 lbs. is light for the SEC for an every down RB, but if he is good they will use him for returns and select plays, probably also for dump passes out of the backfield. Good luck to him.

volinlouisiana writes:

At his ceremony, with his handler present I might add, he did the old "switch-a-roo" with the TN hat and then Vandy hat. Afterwards, he tweeted that putting on the TN hat made him want to puke.
Can't say I blame him too much, because he has been getting killed on the Vol message boards the last few weeks.

Witch_Doctors writes:

Witch Doctor wish him best BUT Witch Doctor believe Marlin Lane will make us never care if Kimbrow had came.
Bones never lie.

volinlouisiana writes:

in response to VOLS_FAN15:

Not heard a lot about this guy but the only thing i saw in him was speed which we need but not to bad. we still have Oku and Rajon Neal for next year in the back field to carry the load.. bummer we didnt get him but not that big of a deal.

Uh....we don't have Oku any more. We still have Poole,Neal, Marlin Lane, and Tom Smith, though.

volmaniac18 writes:

I am happy for the kid, I hope he does well. Getting an SEC scholarship and playing football with the big boys is a huge accomplishment. With that said...

1) I refuse to accept that Kimbrow runs a 4.24/ 40 yard dash. Sorry but until I hear it was clocked legitimately then I am not buying into that bologne.
2) Will somebody please buy the boy a Webster's! He'll never touch the field if he does not learn how to spell. Academic ineligibility is in his near future.

Vol_in_GA writes:

The internet connection in CSS's mother's basement must be out. No sign of him.

SEC1 writes:

in response to VOLS_FAN15:

Not heard a lot about this guy but the only thing i saw in him was speed which we need but not to bad. we still have Oku and Rajon Neal for next year in the back field to carry the load.. bummer we didnt get him but not that big of a deal.

oku? you still with us oku? lol... what's next bryce you still here ? bryce? the writing is on the wall and the vols a officially on the level of vandy and kentucky, smart getting rid of the old great pumkin now look at you can't even get players that vandy gets!

westknoxvol24 writes:

I am not sure he was that high on Tennessee's board. And IMO i don't think he is big enough to be and every down back in the SEC.

FEARinSEC writes:

Can't blame him for going somewhere he'll be an instant starter instead of actually having to work/compete/fight for a starting position.... Actually, on second thought, sounds like the chicken sheet road... But hey, to each his own and I wish him the best of luck!!

volinlouisiana writes:

in response to SEC1:

oku? you still with us oku? lol... what's next bryce you still here ? bryce? the writing is on the wall and the vols a officially on the level of vandy and kentucky, smart getting rid of the old great pumkin now look at you can't even get players that vandy gets!

I would much rather have Marlin Lane and Smith that we pulled for this years class, and Imani Cross in Kimbrow's class, than a D. Young clone with a much worse attitude. That's not just fanspeak, that's the truth.

Pompey writes:

in response to n2thecheckerboards2:

Not gonna wish a kid well that said Tennessee made him wanna puke

....if he thinks UT makes him want to puke now...wait til he plays them....!

tennrich1 writes:

Well I wish he had chosen us just for the help in West Tennessee. But if we have to lose an instate recruit to Vandy, I'm glad its a 165 lbs speedester...we have a couple of those...WE NEED LINEBACKERS AND LINEMAN...still....Hopefully this kid will have a great career....

Vol43 writes:

in response to SWVA_RockyTopVol:

I bleed orange and wouldn't change it for the world but I have to say, half of UT's fan base is a joke. If this kid would have committed to play for us then everybody would have been pumped but now that he has committed to our in-state rival, half the peoe on this site hate on him and say how he's not going to make it in the SEC anyways. He has all the talent in the world and he'll show it to everyone on gameday. I wish we could have pulled him in but best of luck to him regardless.

You had me at 'bleed orange', but it went down hill after that.

Vol43 writes:

in response to Pompey:

....if he thinks UT makes him want to puke now...wait til he plays them....!

sweet

tnoutlaw2001#228008 writes:

5-9, 165-pound? Who cares, seriously if he did commit we all know he would be too small.

I live in Nashville and listened to the live broadcast on 104.5, that should tell you all u need right there, its a total pro Vandy crowd, they even said there was a bunch of Vandy people in the place, duh it's near Nashville.

Come one people if they are on Vandy's radar we don't need or want them, simple.

Vol43 writes:

in response to tnoutlaw2001#228008:

5-9, 165-pound? Who cares, seriously if he did commit we all know he would be too small.

I live in Nashville and listened to the live broadcast on 104.5, that should tell you all u need right there, its a total pro Vandy crowd, they even said there was a bunch of Vandy people in the place, duh it's near Nashville.

Come one people if they are on Vandy's radar we don't need or want them, simple.

I live in Nashville as well. I have no problem with Vandy's success as long as it doesn't impact MY Volunteers. Hey 'Cantstandhimself', did you hear this?

ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog writes:

Not really worried about it because we are loaded at RB for the coming years...Now if we needed another RB, it might be discouraging..We need more DL and LB's at the present time.

UTKin1992 writes:

Can't blame him for going for the free degree from Vanderbilt...however...we're not gonna miss out much by losing this kid. He's too small for D1 and could only be used on special teams (probably). It'd been a wasted scholorship better used somewhere else...IMO.

born2ride writes:

May be the first time ever we lost a recruit to Vandy in football.

UCFgradVOLatHEART writes:

I want to say I wish you the best young man. 2nd, Percy Harvin was a small back in HS but had blazing speed. He has done very well for himself. I hope this kid plays that well every game except one. We have a similar back in the kid from Bearden. I am excited to see him in the return game if that is where coach DD decides to utilize him.

99gator writes:

there's a rumor that athletic programs have access to these things now called "weight rooms".

apparently, with proper nutrition and hard work in the weight rooom, one can bulk up and become bigger and stronger.

i don't know if any of that is true or not.

CommodoreCapital writes:

in response to FEARinSEC:

Can't blame him for going somewhere he'll be an instant starter instead of actually having to work/compete/fight for a starting position.... Actually, on second thought, sounds like the chicken sheet road... But hey, to each his own and I wish him the best of luck!!

Vanderbilt is not hurting at RB, so instant starter Kimbrow will not be. They return the SEC Freshman of the year in 2009, hurt wrist in 2010 and will be backed up by Zac Stacy a very good SEC caliber RB.

The freshman of the year Warren Norman Broke two SEC records: all-purpose yardage by freshman (1,941 yards; 161.8 ypg) and total kickoff return yardage (1,050 yards). Also became first SEC freshman since Georgia's Herschel Walker to lead league in all-purpose yards... Matched SEC record by returning three kickoffs for touchdowns.

Kimbrow may return some kickoffs and punt returns as a freshman, but I would put Warren Norman up with Tauren Poole anyday. It comes down to the offensive line and unfortunately Vanderbilt can't seem to coach these guys up.

VOLliven2it writes:

Okay, this young man is not coming to Knoxville. No one seems surprised nor shocked nor hurt. Can we now just go on with life? May he get to play and soon. But the anti-UT tweating(if so)could be fodder to fire up the Vols even more when the Vandy game arrives. All the other talk means very little. We got our guys to run the ball, hopefully some who will block for them. I just hope we can put together the D needed to stop some pretty powerful offenses this coming fall. GO BIG ORANGE!

mhsvol writes:

I'm guessing that all the negative posters who said he wouldn't have made it at UT would have welcomed him with open arms had he signed with the Vols.

So, good for him. And for all those who think he'll be a bust - well, he'll still have a great education at the worst, as long as he applies himself. And, if he is a bust, then he would have been a bust at UT, too.

huntined#565710 writes:

in response to n2thecheckerboards2:

Not gonna wish a kid well that said Tennessee made him wanna puke

There were a lot of times this year the baseball team made me want to puke.

flatrock writes:

Good luck to the young man- wherever he winds up playing. Please note that his handler, De'Vinner, has been run out of town by coaches at Murfreesboro high schools. Common thread: players under his wing have developed serious attitude problems. One such kid- one of the all-time best kids - got so loose at mid-season
that his coaches suspended him one game after he mouthed at coaches and sped down the opponents' sideline giving the very unclassy slashed-throat move. Totally uncharacteristic of this kid, but,. when coaches quizzed him about his sudden attitude change, they discovered that De'Vinner had "taken over"
the kid's recruiting process. Bottom line: the coaches ran De'Vinner off their campus and re-instated the kid- but not before his exposure to the wannabe agent caused 2 major schools to end their pursuit of the kid. The new Vandy staff can enjoy this moment- but the odds are their connection to this fraud will come back to burn them.

volman67 writes:

in response to volinlouisiana:

Uh....we don't have Oku any more. We still have Poole,Neal, Marlin Lane, and Tom Smith, though.

and Tony Williams

crockett1836 writes:

in response to NYvolFan:

165 lbs? In the SEC won't last long. Clearly his speed didn't help his team much in high school. How is this a loss? Did we want him bad?

Laughing at 165? Ok, the 5 guys on Florida's roster LY, Chris Johnson, his backup, etc...

Find small ones that are tough, and you will not catch them.

HS performance, maybe his line sucked. I trust our coach's eval.

All said, if you get into Vandy, good for you. I'm just surprised we recruited one this smart. Seriously, we lose half our class every year to JUCO, no joke....check the numbers.

Titan writes:

in response to CommodoreCapital:

Vanderbilt is not hurting at RB, so instant starter Kimbrow will not be. They return the SEC Freshman of the year in 2009, hurt wrist in 2010 and will be backed up by Zac Stacy a very good SEC caliber RB.

The freshman of the year Warren Norman Broke two SEC records: all-purpose yardage by freshman (1,941 yards; 161.8 ypg) and total kickoff return yardage (1,050 yards). Also became first SEC freshman since Georgia's Herschel Walker to lead league in all-purpose yards... Matched SEC record by returning three kickoffs for touchdowns.

Kimbrow may return some kickoffs and punt returns as a freshman, but I would put Warren Norman up with Tauren Poole anyday. It comes down to the offensive line and unfortunately Vanderbilt can't seem to coach these guys up.

Kickoff return yards is a record you don't want to break. Breaking the kickoff return yards record means your defense stinks and the kid got a lot of opportunities to return kicks. If your defense doesn't give up a lot of scores, no way you set records for kickoff returns.

CroKev writes:

in response to 99gator:

there's a rumor that athletic programs have access to these things now called "weight rooms".

apparently, with proper nutrition and hard work in the weight rooom, one can bulk up and become bigger and stronger.

i don't know if any of that is true or not.

Which exercises help you get taller?

thetrollhunter writes:

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