Running back Brian Kimbrow will announce college choice Friday

MEMPHIS - Decision day is just around the corner for the top-rated high school football prospect in the Shelby-Metro area.

East High coach Marcus Wimberley confirmed to The Commercial Appeal that star running back Brian Kimbrow will announce his college choice on Friday.

Kimbrow is scheduled to make his choice known at the D1 Training Facility in Franklin.

Kimbrow, who is ranked tops in Memphis according to rivals.com, is the No. 2 all-purpose running back prospect in the Class of 2012.

He has offers from at least 24 schools, but Kimbrow said he would select from a list of finalists that includes Tennessee, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, Cincinnati and Notre Dame.

"I'm just looking for somewhere that's comfortable for me," Kimbrow said. "Someplace that's a good fit."

The 5-foot-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.

Blazing speed is Kimbrow's calling card; he has been clocked at 4.28 in the 40-yard dash on several occasions.

Kimbrow's teammate, Will Redmond, is drawing a ton of recruiting interest too, but Wimberley said a decision doesn't appear to be imminent.

"The earliest he might make a decision is late summer," Wimberley said. "He hasn't taken any trips yet ... Will is taking things a little slower."

The 6-0, 179-pound dual-threat quarterback, who will be in his first season at East after transferring from Manassas, is also being recruited as a defensive back. He's rated 30th nationally among athletes according to rivals.com and is the fourth-rated prospect in the Shelby-Metro area.

Among the schools that have offered are North Carolina, Clemson, Mississippi State, Tennessee and Memphis. Wimberley added that Redmond picked up an offer from Miami on Monday.

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JSamson7 writes:

Memphis East usually has a good team so I wonder what gives... Also, I'm not too sure what I think about recruiting 2 stars for a 4-7 team either. Anybody out of M-town have any insight on these 2?

A_Voice_ofReason writes:

in response to JSamson7:

Memphis East usually has a good team so I wonder what gives... Also, I'm not too sure what I think about recruiting 2 stars for a 4-7 team either. Anybody out of M-town have any insight on these 2?

Wherever he goes outside of memphis will be a good move.

volwr88 writes:

Redmond wasn't on the 4-7 team. He's a transfer. However "rumor has it" Kimbrow is Vandy bound as he knows he will have early playing time (instantly) whereas at UT he will definitely be challenged due to size (even though he has great speed). As many have said Kimbrow will be a PR bonanza for Vandy but not a big loss for Vols as our true needs are on defensive side this year.

GreerVol22 writes:

I wonder if Dooley and Chaney have any scat back plays in the book? This guy has to have the right offense to slide in to. 24 schools is a lot of attention so if I'm Dooley I let him have his shot just like anyone else. But kids these days don't like that option when faced with an opportunity like Vandy to be the hero.

To be honest, this is the classic "level the playing field" kid that 20 years ago went to UT, Bama, or only 1 or 2 more schools. Now he has 24+ options for quick playing time and not stuck behind others on a depth chart.

rynovols16 writes:

he is vandy bound. Not a bad loss

Snapshot writes:

in response to GreerVol22:

I wonder if Dooley and Chaney have any scat back plays in the book? This guy has to have the right offense to slide in to. 24 schools is a lot of attention so if I'm Dooley I let him have his shot just like anyone else. But kids these days don't like that option when faced with an opportunity like Vandy to be the hero.

To be honest, this is the classic "level the playing field" kid that 20 years ago went to UT, Bama, or only 1 or 2 more schools. Now he has 24+ options for quick playing time and not stuck behind others on a depth chart.

You would think they do have some "scat back plays" since they have D. Young from Bearden on the way for this fall.

volsfan74 writes:

We have Young coming in from Bearden they have similar build and speed so I don't see why we would want 2 undersized backs. I like having Young for his ability on the return game and I am sure that we will have a few plays (maybe wildcat stuff) that he will be used for but I doubt he will ever be an every down back. I would not call it a BIG loss if he goes elsewhere. I'm actually a little surprised we made him an offer.

Biggie writes:

Too small for an every down back in the SEC

MikeInTN writes:

Heard on 104.5 The Zone in Nashville last week that Kimbrow is going to commit to Coach Franklin & Vanderbilt. Has anyone heard different?

MikeTheTiger writes:

Vandy, TN's new powerhouse. NO AD, NO athletic department, nooooo problem.

CoverOrange writes:

in response to LaneKiffinFan:

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Yeah, it's hard for any college team in Tennessee to compete with the NFL Titans.

CoverOrange writes:

in response to Biggie:

Too small for an every down back in the SEC

Small and speedy is what Urban was missing last year in the backfield. Surprised that Miss St isn't the front runner because their style of offense makes use of that style of player.

Orange_Scooter writes:

in response to LaneKiffinFan:

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Sadly (for Vandy) what you said is true, though it's truth borne of ignorance or stupidity. Vandy home games vs UT are 80 to 90 percent orange. I know more UT fans from the Nashville area than Candy fans and most here would back me up on that. Unless you are actually on Vandy campus there are very few Candy fans in middle Tennessee, save nutjobs like CantStandSaban. So, in essence, Nashville is UT home.

Also, this kid has good speed but he's not a UT need. IMHO and the opinion of many UT fans with some foosball knowledge this kid wouldn't be doing much anyway as we already have a guy, Young, that has similar skill/talent. Right now UT needs Defense not a speedy, small back that won't be playing every down. I wish the kid the best of luck wherever he goes though.

VOLliven2it writes:

I wish him well and am not disappointed he will likely not be in orange and white. What will he really do at Vandy? He might get a fantastic education and that is not a bad thing. If he went to Knoxville he would be frustrated for at least two years, maybe all four or five if red-shirted. So with all the offers, Vandy is not so bad. I don't know what ND has as backs go but if he wants to play quickly he will go to Nashville. Anyone want to bet the Comms still will not defeat the Vols? I bet they still don't!

Pompey writes:

in response to LaneKiffinFan:

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....always good to hear from a looser....makes the rest of us feel superior....!

bebecerveza writes:

I think I would have to disagree with the "we don't need him / already have that type player in Young" thoughts. Even though he may be small the one thing in this world you cannot coach is speed!

This game is all about matchups and having someone like this one on one in space is winner for you every time. I like Young, but he is not the player this guy is, not as fast, or skilled. The only thing they share is their overall size.

I know we have needs, but you still take the best and fastest when you can get it and sort out the rest later. The "we didn't want or need him anyway" jabber is ridiculous. If he picks UT the same we didn't need him crowd will think he's the greatest thing since sliced bread.

DooleysOrangePants writes:

we DO need this kid. anybody who says different is drinking the orange kool-aid. anybody remember dexter mccluster? hello? mcfly? hello?

JSamson7 writes:

in response to volwr88:

Redmond wasn't on the 4-7 team. He's a transfer. However "rumor has it" Kimbrow is Vandy bound as he knows he will have early playing time (instantly) whereas at UT he will definitely be challenged due to size (even though he has great speed). As many have said Kimbrow will be a PR bonanza for Vandy but not a big loss for Vols as our true needs are on defensive side this year.

Thanks for the heads up, volwr88. Seeing as how we already have Devrin Young who's probably just as fast in pads on game day, I doubt Dooley needs a guy like Kimbrow anyway. After seeing Young a bunch play against Maryville I wasn't completely sold on him (which happens to the majority of star players who run up against Maryville), but at least Devrin wants to play for the Vols unlike most of these kids from Memphis. Hopefully Devrin turns out to be a pleasant surprise during his career as a Vol & proves me wrong. It goes w/o saying that often times a fairly talented kid who exemplifies hard work & determination outperforms a kid w/ supererior talent & more potential...

GiveHim6TDTennessee writes:

Good luck competing for the PAC-12 Title and whatever bowl game USC goes to this year, man. Fight on.

mountainbrook writes:

in response to LaneKiffinFan:

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USC isnt going anywhere but down for the next few seasons. Kiffin took a team that was loaded with talent and had one of the best QBs in the nation and managed to lose 5 games with it. Recruiting restrictions will make things worse and the NCAA isn't even trough punishing ole' Kiffin either. Lose on.

fnorky writes:

"...he has been clocked at 4.28 in the 40-yard dash on several occasions."

Damn, that's some impressive consistency.

hcjournals#206623 writes:

Hey Lane....You are an idiot. Notre Dame hasn't been factor in years, and the fact that you are sniffing around means that in your mind we are at the top. Please take me on you moron.....

hcjournals#206623 writes:

Dear Lane:

Sorry. You seem to be a mighty Trojanenz fan. Another program headed for disaster...

thetrollhunter writes:

in response to LaneKiffinFan:

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Either USC has some of the girliest fans ever or you're a fake fan trying to troll our board. I'm guessing the later.

Either way, from the way you type, I have deduced that you are a twelve year old girl. Enjoy the rest of your day. FIGHT ON LOLOLOL

SEC1 writes:

say it aint so "U"chea"T" is being out-recruited by vandy? wow.... we can now say.... it's football time in vandyyyyyyyy...go gators!

scvols writes:

I wonder what TIME he is announcing. My guess for his choice is VANDY.

ewhite#207432 writes:

If UT loses a kid they have offered from Memphis to vandy, that is not a good thing. We are not excatly blowing the doors off of vandy in any sport. Not good days for UT fans in middle Tennessee.

roobomb writes:

in response to LaneKiffinFan:

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Btw, it's "heart of hearts", not "hardest of hearts". There's something really sad when someone is trying to show their own superiority and end up showing their butt instead.

Fall_Creek_Vols writes:

in response to MikeInTN:

Heard on 104.5 The Zone in Nashville last week that Kimbrow is going to commit to Coach Franklin & Vanderbilt. Has anyone heard different?

Sure hope he keeps all that 4.28 speed. Running backs at Vandy tend to get hammered while carrying the ball...and at other times...hard...frequently.

osbymartin75 writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors_Daddy:

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Thats okay...we only had 4-5 this time last year and finished #13 in the nation on signing day...so im not worried at all.

osbymartin75 writes:

in response to GiveHim6TDTennessee:

Good luck competing for the PAC-12 Title and whatever bowl game USC goes to this year, man. Fight on.

That bowl would be the sit at home and watch on tv bowl...they are ineligible for a bowl this coming year as a part of their 2 yr postseason ban. It is amazing how he took a team loaded with stars and finished 8-5..while CDD took a depleted team and finished 6-7 and was 2 seconds away from the exact 8-5 record.

Orange_Scooter writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors_Daddy:

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Yeah, Kimbrow is gonna make Vandy a world beater. You folks heard it from Witch Doctor's stalker first. Haw, haw, haw. National Championship here we come. Haw, haw, haw. Look out Gamecocks, Gayterds, Dawgs, and Vols... big, bad Vandy hasn't even received any official commitment from some small but fast guy that has never played a game in college but that SEC East division title is theirs... LMAO!!!

Colliervol writes:

in response to LaneKiffinFan:

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You mean two years after Haden fires Kiffin, don't you?

Anybody that says they are Lame Kibble fan has just told everybody all we need to know about you.

HooRay_Vol writes:

Funny how the Football Time in TN magazine has Kimbrow listed as 6-0, 180. Wow, he grew at least 3 inches since last season!

Anyway, I still think we have a good shot even if he has a good chance of playing early at Vandy. Just ask Xavier Crawford who was the # 1 prospect in the country from memphis Trezvant. He chose "Memphis State" and unfortunately is in jail now.

Never underestimate the importance of playing behind a good OL which we will have if not his year, then at least the next 2.

Colliervol writes:

As far as this kid goes, he sounds like a decent prospect but what do you do with a 5-9, 170 lb running back in the SEC? With that speed, he'd be a good kick returner or a situational back/receiver but no way he goes every down in the SEC as a running back or receiver. Maybe do something with him like the kid at Ole Miss two years ago.

VolinCalif writes:

in response to bebecerveza:

I think I would have to disagree with the "we don't need him / already have that type player in Young" thoughts. Even though he may be small the one thing in this world you cannot coach is speed!

This game is all about matchups and having someone like this one on one in space is winner for you every time. I like Young, but he is not the player this guy is, not as fast, or skilled. The only thing they share is their overall size.

I know we have needs, but you still take the best and fastest when you can get it and sort out the rest later. The "we didn't want or need him anyway" jabber is ridiculous. If he picks UT the same we didn't need him crowd will think he's the greatest thing since sliced bread.

Hmmm Ever run Track?

txvolsfan writes:

in response to LaneKiffinFan:

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Lame Kitten= death penalty
and a dad with a bad comb over!!!

RatherBeDrivingaTitleist writes:

in response to SEC1:

say it aint so "U"chea"T" is being out-recruited by vandy? wow.... we can now say.... it's football time in vandyyyyyyyy...go gators!

First of all UT hasn't been out recruited by Vandy. Florida State has been kicking Gator butt in recruiting however.

flatrock writes:

B. Kimbrow has fallen for the slick-talking rabble-rouser Byron De'Vinner, a self-styled handler of young men (who focuses more on their single mothers than he does the players!)...New Vandy coach will see the truth before too long and run him from all VU athletes!

TennVol01 writes:

It is your choice .... but .... come to Tennessee if you want to learn honest football and enjoy the academics of life.

orangecountyvols writes:

Vols,

Relax friends. This kid, Kiffinsh.........is trying to sound important, as do most trolls. Sort of like somebody with no affiliation whatsoever with any school, just picks one and tries to make some noise.

Truth is, somebody like this kid is starved for attention and has to look around to see who 'she' can try to annoy. She just picked the Vols because she's a dorky one, just like her idol, the surfer dude.

Moving on to the topic.......5:09, 165......
that's fine until he runs into somebody 6:05,265
known as a defensive end or a linebacker who arrives in a nasty mood.

Wishful thinking but..........are there any 6:02, 225 backs around any more resembling Hershel Walker? Little Man Stewart? Hubert Simpson? Reggie Cobb? Oh well.........

SEC1 writes:

in response to RatherBeDrivingaTitleist:

First of all UT hasn't been out recruited by Vandy. Florida State has been kicking Gator butt in recruiting however.

hey pal, get mad at dooley because no way a school that goes 2-9 every year should get the best recruit in the state of tn.picking vandy over the "big orange" should be hard to handle so if this kid picks vandy friday dooley should go hide under a rock no way to spin this and please don't say we have devrin young because 3 devrin young's can't hold water to this kimbrow kid, and btw vandy is owning the volsin recruiting according to rivals vandy 8 verbals ,ut 3 really only 2 because one kid has to go juco, pay dollar store money get dollar store results .....dooley dd' will have the tn program sagging like a pair of dd's

west_tn_volfan writes:

in response to Biggie:

Too small for an every down back in the SEC

I seem to remember a guy named Travis Stephens who was a pretty darn good sec back. He was about the same size. I hope we get him.

Huttdawg100 writes:

We need this kid. I think he's better than Devrin Young. That said, I think Trooper gets another one.

new_era_vol writes:

in response to LaneKiffinFan:

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puff,puff,pass.... you my friend are confused again. USC is not,was not, nor will ever be the proud,stout,and determined team the VOLS are. Hope your cheating az coach and 2nd tier players are used to no bowl games (and losing) as should be. Pay to play bunch, step up to the SEC. (the real reason kiffy and co left) If you cant compete and take the sec heat, keep kiffy(and the rest of the cal losers)out the kitchen!!!!!!! Bye Bye now.

LJS1984 writes:

in response to SEC1:

say it aint so "U"chea"T" is being out-recruited by vandy? wow.... we can now say.... it's football time in vandyyyyyyyy...go gators!

Can we get a Gator baseball update? Aren't they on a two game losing streak?

LJS1984 writes:

in response to LJS1984:

Can we get a Gator baseball update? Aren't they on a two game losing streak?

Or shall I say, weren't they on a two game losing streak?

chrisw2967 writes:

with or without Kimbro,Vandy will still be Vandy.Vandy might have 8 or 9 commits but once the season starts it will all change,

CroKev writes:

in response to SEC1:

hey pal, get mad at dooley because no way a school that goes 2-9 every year should get the best recruit in the state of tn.picking vandy over the "big orange" should be hard to handle so if this kid picks vandy friday dooley should go hide under a rock no way to spin this and please don't say we have devrin young because 3 devrin young's can't hold water to this kimbrow kid, and btw vandy is owning the volsin recruiting according to rivals vandy 8 verbals ,ut 3 really only 2 because one kid has to go juco, pay dollar store money get dollar store results .....dooley dd' will have the tn program sagging like a pair of dd's

Excuse me but you didn't seem to even try to make a rebuttal to the Florida State comment. Please reply.

CroKev writes:

in response to CroatianVol:

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2 Vols in Croatia?

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