ATHENS — Two months ago, it was announced that inside linebacker Tim Kimbrough, who started seven games last year, was transferring from Georgia. That’s apparently only turned out to be about half true.
Instead of landing at another school, Kimbrough is now saying that he will turn pro. He revealed on his Twitter and Instagram accounts on Thursday that he has decided to enter the 2017 NFL draft. He would have been eligible anyway, as this was supposed to be his senior year at Georgia.
“I’ve been thinking very hard about what I should do best for my future and I have came to a final conclusion on what I have decided,” Kimbrough wrote on Instagram. “I would like to announce that I have decided to declare for the 2017 NFL Draft.”
Kimbrough was Georgia’s leading returning tackler from last season, when he had 67 tackles, 5.5 for a loss, and one sack. But after being suspended for the TaxSlayer Bowl for unspecified reasons, then returning to the team with a clean slate, he fell behind Natrez Patrick and then Roquan Smith in the pecking order.
An Indianapolis native, Kimbrough said upon his leaving the team in August that he had already heard from schools, but many wanted him to redshirt, which he didn’t want to do. He vowed that he wanted to play in 2016. Instead he apparently is sitting out, then preparing for what he hopes is a pro career.