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4-star Texas CB Jalen Kimber has seen is recruiting explode this month after his showing at an Opening regional.

‘Boogieland’ in Athens? 4-star Texas CB Jalen Kimber excited by recent visit

Want to attack every day with the latest UGA football recruiting info? That’s what the Intel brings. The play call here is a visit recap from 4-star Texas CB Jalen Kimber. He just had a fruitful visit to check out the UGA campus. 

Texas cornerback Jalen Kimber is known as “Boogie” to those who know him best. That traces back to the days when he was just a lad and liked to cut loose.

“I was a dancer when I was little,” he said. “I guess I liked to get down.”

The Stanky Leg. The Shoulder Lean. Everything. 

The Mansfield Timberview standout (Arlington, Tex.) earned the nickname “Boogie” from his father. Well, he has since carried those moves over to the field and the testing arena.

Kimber picked up a UGA offer earlier this month along with many many others. That sort of spree is what should happen when a young man hits the 4.4/40-inch/4.0 trifecta during his combine testing at the Opening.

“Boogie” did just that. Check these details out:

  • 4.40 in the 40-yard dash (laser)
  • 40-inch vertical jump
  • 4.0 time in the pro agility shuttle

Kimber has already checked off Georgia Tech, Georgia and South Carolina visits during his spring Southern tour. He’s got Clemson, Alabama and Auburn still to go.

“I’m still trying to figure things out,” he said after his first trip to Georgia. “I am going to figure all of that out after I do all these visits. I will then start to narrow things down from there.”

He said he would likely now take an official to UGA after the visit. That said, he is still using this tour as a means to figure all of that out with any certainty.

“They are in a position to get one,” he said.

That trip to Athens went quite well for the 6-foot-1 speedster. His Opening testing had him at six feet, but he stated that he was actually a little taller than that.

“I just like the communication I have with them, the bond I am starting to build and the relationship with that,” Kimber said.

 

A pretty special story about Jalen Kimber

Kimber will enroll early. He aims to make his college commitment prior to his senior season later this summer.

But there’s more here than just a mere recruiting summation with a player the well-respected 247Sports Composite tracks as the nation’s No. 17 CB and the No. 236 overall prospect for 2020.

He feels like he has to “make it” in football. A lot of his peers will say they feel the same way, but it is different here. It is personal.

“Boogie” has a promise to keep. It goes back to his roots in Chicago and a very special lady. That would be his grandmother Renee Kimber.

“For my grandmother,” he said. “She passed three years ago right before I moved down to Texas. I made a promise to her. I am going to keep it. That is the main reason why I play football.”

He grew up in an environment that wasn’t so good. That was the description he used. Football was seen as a way out. That’s what his grandmother wanted it to be for “Boogie” when he grew up.

She wasn’t a football fan but simply favored a way for “Boogie” to escape those circumstances.

“She passed but I am still going to uphold that promise and do everything I can,” he said. “That’s my family and my grandfather still lives out there.”

He will say a prayer before every game.

“Then I will look up to the sky and talk to her,” he said.

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Jalen Kimber is in a group text message thread with the staff at UGA. It is called “Jalen Lockdown Kimber.”

How Georgia began recruiting Jalen Kimber

Defensive backs coach Charlton Warren reached out to him, to begin with.

It was fortuitous because he feels the Bulldogs are a program “to be reckoned with” and the staff is “building something special” in Athens.

“Coach Warren reached out to me and even before he got in touch and I got in contact with them I was thinking about actually getting to know the coaches at Georgia and stuff like that,” Kimber said. “It was a couple of weeks before coach Warren actually reached out to me.”

He said that he hears from Warren and the entire defensive staff. He’s even in a group chat with the whole staff. The name of that chat is “Jalen Lockdown Kimber.”

There is a fit there.

“From what they told me they said that I fit it and I can just see myself fitting into their system with the pro style defense,” Kimber said.

The main message is that he is a “priority” to the Bulldogs. With those testing numbers, he’s probably hearing that from any school that has air in its footballs at this time.

That direct communication will also include contact with head coach Kirby Smart. What does Smart tell him?

“That Georgia is a place that gives me an opportunity to maximize my highest potential both on and off the field,” Kimber told DawgNation.

Kimber sat in on meetings. Head from the coaches and saw the team up close. He said the program “keep it real and did not sugarcoat” anything about being a Bulldog. It was a “high-intensity practice” in his words.

He did try on the gear and his familiar No. 7 jersey.

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Jalen Kimber plays football to honor a vow he made to his beloved grandmother before she passed away. (Jalen Kimber/Twitter)

“I was thinking I looked good in this Georgia gear,” he said. “I feel like I could see myself there if I was to go there.”

Kimber feels that Auburn, Ole Miss, Florida, Georgia recruit him the hardest right now. Those schools hit him up the most, including the proximity powers in Texas and Oklahoma.

Can he leave the state of Texas? He said he gets that question a lot. He does see himself leaving.

“I’m not from Texas,” Kimber said. “So a lot of people think that I am a Texas boy. They think I am going to stay close to home but my options are all open. I don’t care about staying close to home.”

He has a simple description of what he is looking for.

“Just somewhere that is going to be best for me and the best mold and fit for me really,” he said.

Something for DawgNation to keep in mind

We brought up Marcus Davis and his passing on “DawgNation Daily” this morning. It was clear that this gentleman touched a lot of lives.

His life touched a lot of others. He made friends easily and had a way that made others want to look for him at their favorite tailgate.

He passed away this week and I want to use this space for the next few days to share some of the tributes that have been pouring in across social media.

 

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