Georgia Bulldogs: Tim Kimbrough Jr.

Coach's take: Johnny O'Neal 

May, 21, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. -- West Laurens coach Stacy Nobles believes Johnny O’Neal has everything Georgia is looking for from an inside linebacker -- if he can remain slim enough to play the position.

Signing day primer: Georgia 

January, 23, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. -- With national signing day exactly two weeks from today, DawgNation looks ahead to what Georgia has coming and who the Bulldogs still need, and why.

Team needs: Georgia has a number of holes to fill, considering the defense is losing 10 players who started last season. All-American junior Jarvis Jones and two-year leading tackler Alec Ogletree have declared for the NFL draft, which means the incoming prospects will have to be ready to play early.

Also, consider that Georgia only signed one player for the secondary, one wide receiver and not one inside linebacker in the class of 2012. Those positions are a priority. The secondary is in special need of attention as both starting safeties and two starting cornerbacks were seniors this past season. The Bulldogs have decent depth at the outside linebacker spots but the SEC championship game proved Georgia needs help on the defensive line. Junior nose Kwame Geathers has also opted to leave early for the NFL, so Georgia needs to sign some quality prospects to fill in the defensive trench.

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Georgia targets set record straight 

January, 14, 2013
If you follow college football recruiting then you could not have missed how often news is reported “via Twitter.” More and more it seems that prospects are turning to Twitter to make announcements about their recruitment and those updates are breathlessly retweeted by passionate fanbases who follow these future college players.

A couple Georgia verbal commitments have found a new way to use Twitter to deal with an ugly side of the recruiting process: unfounded rumors.

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Dawgs land 12 commits in final ESPN 300 

January, 10, 2013
The final ESPN 150 and ESPN 300 rankings were released on Thursday and the Georgia Bulldogs are well represented on both lists. Georgia has 12 verbal commits on in the ESPN 300, five of whom are ranked in the ESPN 150.

The biggest jump up belonged to Brandon Kublanow (Marietta, Ga./Walton) who moved up 49 spots to finish at No. 145 in the ESPN 150. Rated the No. 2 center in the nation, Kublanow recently told DawgNation that he will play guard at Georgia.

“Yeah I will be at guard and swing center,” Kublanow said.

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Notebook: Summer recruiting recap 

August, 7, 2012
While the summer months are considered downtime, the Georgia Bulldogs have continued their torrid recruiting pace this summer, picking up several commitments from prospects in several states. With the ability and, arguably, the dire need to bring in more than 30 signees for the 2013 class, the Bulldogs have been aggressive with offers. That has paid off with a group that already dwarfs that of the freshman class now on campus. As football season approaches, DawgNation takes a look back at the goings on and decisions made in the past few months, along with a look ahead at what to keep an eye on this fall.

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Radi Nabulsi/ESPN.comTampa, Fla., safety Paris Bostick was slated to announce his decision this summer, and still might. The Bulldogs are considered a favorite to earn his commitment.
Commitments piling up
As school let out across the country, prospects seemingly lined up to make their commitments known to the Bulldogs. ESPN 300 wide receiver Uriah LeMay (Matthews, N.C./Butler) committed to Georgia on June 1. The 6-foot-2, 197-pound wideout picked the Bulldogs over Clemson, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech and Ohio State, among others. Two days later, another ESPN 300 receiver secured a spot, as Reggie Davis (Tallahassee, Fla./Lincoln) verbally committed. The 6-foot, 162-pound four-star prospect is considered one of the top deep threats in the always-loaded Sunshine State. Less than a week later the Bulldogs picked up their top outside linebacker target, Naim Mustafaa (Alpharetta, Ga./Alpharetta). It was a rare in-state battle for the 6-foot-4, 235-pound four-star, although SEC rival Tennessee continues its pursuit.

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ILB Ryne Rankin on fast track to UGA 

July, 24, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. -- When Ryne Rankin (Orlando, Fla./East River) isn’t hunting hogs with a knife or raising prize cows for school, he can often be found recruiting for the Georgia. The ESPN 300 four-star inside linebacker committed to the Bulldogs in April and has since been aching to get to campus. At Georgia’s recent Dawg Night, he took a break from collecting alligator eggs to visit the campus that he calls “my new home.”

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Tom Hauck for ESPN.comCentral Florida linebacker Ryne Rankin boasts a 4.0 GPA and has a plan mapped out that will get him to UGA good and early.
“I think I will be there in less than six months,” Rankin said. “It is exciting. I knocked out all of my school work. Actually, I only need half a credit to graduate high school. Next year I will do dual-enrollment, which means I won’t even go to high school -- I will go to the local community college. I’ll knock out some college courses there and come play football at the high school. Then when I leave early I will have college credits.”

This was the plan all along for Rankin, whose 4.0 GPA shows he can tackle the books, too.

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Check out the latest and greatest Georgia recruiting chatter from DawgNation recruiting writer Kipp Adams' Monday afternoon chat.

Five top Dawg Night story lines 

July, 13, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia’s Dawg Night camp never fails to provide a plethora of storylines and this year’s installment is no different. With 17 committed prospects and at least 17 uncommitted recruits with Georgia offers in attendance, the potential for recruiting drama is high. Add to that at least 70 other prospects that will be trying to impress the Georgia coaching staff, and vice versa, and it can be tough to follow. So DawgNation is looking at five of the main story lines for tonight's big event.

1. Who will commit? That is always the biggest question, since much of the camp is celebration of all things Georgia. Dawg Night is not like a Nike camp or combine. It is geared toward the coaches evaluating talent for the Bulldogs and recruits evaluating the instruction the Georgia coaches provide. So getting the prospects into Sanford Stadium, blaring some music and hype videos, plus the pressure of previously committed prospects pushing Georgia on their fellow campers often results in a commitment.

This year a few players are coming in with the Bulldogs at the top of their list. Safety Quincy Mauger (Marietta, Ga./Kell) and inside linebacker Tim Kimbrough (Indianapolis/Warren Central) are both bringing their parents and could commit today. Defensive tackle Kelsey Griffin (Hoschton, Ga./Mill Creek) just named Georgia his leader also.

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On the surface it would appear that Reuben Foster’s (Auburn, Ala./Auburn) decommitment from Alabama and subsequent commitment to Auburn would mean little to Georgia. He wasn’t committed to the Bulldogs and still is not.

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Radi Nabulsi/ESPN.comLongtime UGA commit and hard-core recruiter Shaq Wiggins (right) is among the top recruits who say they'll commit to the same school as Reuben Foster.
However, he was trying to convince his best friend, safety Tray Matthews (Newnan, Ga./Newnan), to join him at Alabama and he will continue to try to pull Matthews with him to Auburn. Taking into consideration the fact that Matthews and Foster have a pact to play together in college and are working to extend that pact to include others, the Georgia coaches cannot be comfortable right now.

In speaking to Matthews briefly this afternoon, DawgNation asked whether the Foster news would change his commitment to Georgia. Matthews hesitated, then said, “Yes.”

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ESPN 300's Tim Kimbrough has UGA No. 1 

July, 10, 2012
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.

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UGA commits, targets dot ESPN 300 

June, 6, 2012
Wednesday saw the first update of the ESPN 150 and the debut of the ESPN 300 for the 2013 class. Georgia commits are well represented with six players landing in the ESPN 300.

All three of the Bulldogs' wide receiver commits are in the ESPN 300, with recent commits Uriah LeMay (Matthews, N.C./Butler) and Reggie Davis (Tallahassee, Fla./Lincoln) coming in at No. 235 and No. 290 respectively. Kyrin Priester (Snellville, Ga./Brookwood) just misses the ESPN 150, landing at No. 161 in the ESPN 300.

Speaking of just missing, linebacker Johnny O’Neal (Dublin, Ga./West Laurens) comes in at No. 152 in the rankings. He is joined by fellow inside linebacker commit Ryne Rankin (Orlando, Fla./ East River), who makes his debut in the ESPN 300 at No. 293. Another Sunshine State commit,, athlete Reggie Wilkerson (Citra, Fla./North Marion) is ranked No. 156.

The Bulldogs already have three more four-star recruits for 2013 than they had in the 2012 signing class and Georgia is looking to add more. A number of Georgia targets are listed in the ESPN 300. The coaching staff is still in good shape with defensive tackle Jay Woods (Jackson, Ga./Jackson) at No. 164, athlete Brendan Langley (Marietta, Ga./Kell) at No. 209, offensive tackle DeVondre Seymour (Suwanee, Ga./North Gwinnett) at No. 246 and inside linebacker Tim Kimbrough (Indianapolis, In./ Warren Central) at No. 282. Plus the Bulldogs are in the running for two Peach State defensive ends with Davin Bellamy (Chamblee,Ga./Chamblee) at No. 297 and Antonio Riles (Lawrenceville, Ga./Archer) at No. 300.

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Peach State: Top Tier Recruiting Ground?
California, Florida and Texas are largely considered the "Big Three" in college football recruiting. But national recruiting analyst Gerry Hamilton joins ESPN's Phil Murphy to explain why Georgia deserves to be in the top tier and has numbers to prove it.