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.