June 7, 2011

Rivals100 talks about tour of Mississippi

Brian Kimbrow no longer has to focus on proving his talent.

One look at his offer sheet proves that.

However, the Rivals100 running back from Memphis (East), Tenn., is focusing hard on a large handful of programs, trying to find the one that is the perfect fit for his skill set.

"I just want to get to know some of the coaches a little bit better," said Kimbrow, who has camped at Mississippi State, Vanderbilt and, most recently, Ole Miss over the past week or so. "It's hard to say (who leads) because I haven't been everywhere yet."

Kimbrow, a 5-foot-9, 165-pounder ranked as the No 80 prospect in the country by Rivals.com, camped at Ole Miss on Saturday.

"They're just telling me I'd be a very, very good fit with them because they know how to use smaller backs and I remind them so much of Dexter McCluster," Kimbrow said. "That's the way they plan on using me if I go there."

Kimbrow's trip to Oxford came one day after a stop at Mississippi State, where he got a chance to visit with the Bulldogs' boss, Dan Mullen.

"We sat down and talked and got to know each other better," Kimbrow said. "They said I'd be a good fit for them. They'd get me in open space."

While Kimbrow isn't naming leaders yet, he clearly has a fondness for Vanderbilt.

"With Vandy, I've built a good relationship with that coaching staff," Kimbrow said. "I just feel comfortable talking to them. I like the campus, the people that surround the campus and the people that are on the campus."

Kimbrow will be on the camp/tour circuit most of the summer. He said he plans to check out Tennessee, Miami, Florida State, Clemson, North Carolina, South Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky and Louisville before he turns his complete attention to his senior season.

Kimbrow said he will ultimately choose "the place that fits me the best, the place that I can say I'm happy with and a place where I have a good relationship with the coaches."

Early playing time, Kimbrow said, "is important, but the way I look at it, I can go anywhere and play because I have the work ethic and I work hard all the time."

Kimbrow, who has accumulated 27 offers, said he's considering making a commitment to his school of choice prior to this season. He won't, however, base his decision on the choices of fellow Memphians Jovon Robinson and Jaylen Walton, two highly recruited running backs themselves.

"I don't watch them," Kimbrow said. "The way I look at it, I'm my own player and they're their own players. They do what they have to do, and I do what I have to do. I love competition, but the way I look at it, I'm the best player in the state of Tennessee, hands down."

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