Five-star linebacker Reuben Foster (Auburn, Ala./Auburn) might not be in attendance at Friday's Dawg Night in Athens, Ga., but the University of Georgia has a chance to take a big step in restocking its inside linebacker corps as ESPN 300 prospect Tim Kimbrough Jr. (Indianapolis/Warren Central) will be back in town.
As a junior, Kimbrough made 176 tackles, 27 tackles for loss 7.5 sacks, as well as two forced fumbles.
More than 20 programs have offered the linebacker, who first visited Athens in March. The Bulldogs offered Kimbrough (6-foot-1, 227 pounds) on the spot. With a return trip just days away, the No. 11 inside linebacker prospect in the country has UGA high on his list.
“Georgia is my top school right now,” he said. “The two main things I like about Georgia are the facilities and the criminology program. I think I would fit in well in the 3-4 defense there, because we switched to something similar.”
Georgia inside linebackers Mike Gilliard and Christian Robinson are set to graduate after the 2012 season, and there is a chance junior Alec Ogletree could project high in next year’s NFL draft. That would leave Georgia with only sophomores Amarlo Herrera and Brandon Burrows, who, on Monday, reversed his decision to leave the team, as true inside linebackers at both inside spots. If Kimbrough were to select Georgia, he would play for inside linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti and defensive coordinator Todd Grantham. Both have made solid impressions on Kimbrough so far.
“Coach Olivadotti and Coach Grantham are both really cool and they really know how to coach,” the prospect said.
Another ESPN 300 inside linebacker will be in Athens this weekend, and Kimbrough Jr. is excited about meeting him and several other prospects between the hedges at Sanford Stadium.
“Ryne Rankin (Orlando, Fla./East River) texts me and we talk sometimes,” Kimbrough said. “I am looking forward to meeting him and the other commits at Dawg Night.”
Arkansas, Florida, Indiana and UCLA make up the rest of the top five, in order, for the No. 4 prospect in Indiana. No decision timeline has been set, but Kimbrough admits this weekend will be an important step in his recruitment.
“I really liked my visit last time and I am just trying to see if I like it like I did the first time, so that is why I am coming to Dawg Night,” he said. “I am bringing my parents to see it too, for the first time, and I am very excited about it. I want to make sure they are OK with wherever I go and I want them to know I am in a good place.”