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Jalen Kimber will visit UGA. Officially. That’s a little news item for the weekend that was first reported by 247Sports on Monday.
The quick game story flow would be to tout his height (a little over six feet) and length and speed. Kimber clocked the following earlier this year at an Opening regional.
- 4.40 in the 40-yard dash (laser)
- 40-inch vertical jump
- 4.0 time in the pro agility shuttle
— JALEN KIMBER (@J_BOOGIE_5) March 4, 2019
Yet that’s not the real stuff about a young man who liked to dance so much growing up his Dad called him “Boogie.”
Kimber and his circle have taken a highly unique approach to their recruiting process. When they visit, they are not there to take pictures in jerseys for social media views or find something to eat.
The Kimber team is there to work.
When the coaches ask them what they want to see, they send that visit in different places than most of their peer families. They interview the strength coaches. Nutritionists. They drill down hard on the academics.
That family also compiles pages and pages of data. They have their own analytics for a visit. Even on an unofficial visit. Kimber said he felt UGA was in a position to get an official after that initial spring visit. That has materialized here.
He saw Florida’s spring game last week, but he sees their bitter SEC rival for another spring game this weekend with G-Day.
“I couldn’t really tell you what I’ll be looking forward to,” he told DawgNation this week. “But I will be looking forward to the environment at G-Day. They have just recruited me really well and when I visited I really liked Georgia and I wanted to go back.”
The Charlton Warren factor with Jalen Kimber
Kimber has started to show a lot of potential in his game. The Opening rating up above will reflect his athleticism, but this young man is a regimented worker. He trains like clockwork every day.
There is another matter here to consider with elite prospects. Everyone Georgia recruits now will be talented and have a lot of game.
But how strong are these guys mentally? That’s where I feel Kimber can excel early on in college. Here’s a stark reality: More prospects unravel during their first year of college than break out, per se.
What happens is that transition identifies the really talented players that hold it all together with the many adjustments that go along with being a college athlete. They don’t buckle. They can maintain. That’s why they shine.
With that, I feel that Kimber will likely have no issues. He will also enroll early at the school of his choice.
The work of Charlton Warren must also be noted here. Warren is still in his first few months in Athens. The relationship with Kimber has gotten off to a strong start.
“I would say it is a pretty strong relationship,” Kimber said. “Since we met each other he’s kept it 100 with me and that’s what I like.”
“Boogie” is in a group chat with the whole staff. The name of that chat is “Jalen Lockdown Kimber.”
There is a potential fit there. The trip he takes this weekend can serve to further enhance that.
“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.
Remember that part about how he likes to dance? His father gave him that name when he was just a tot. Check out some of his moves on the field below:
An intriguing little oddity about the 2020 class so far at UGA
Size. Length. Big bodies. Grown men.
That’s part of the blueprint that the University of Georgia recruits for these days. I do find it uniquely intriguing that anyone can look at the current crop of Georgia commitments and note the following trend so far out of the 2020 class:
- At least 6 feet, 3 inches in height (4 of 5 commits: 4-star Jamil Burroughs is not quite that tall)
- At least 6 feet, 4 inches in height (Carson Beck, Broderick Jones and Justin Robinson)
- Tips the scales at more than 225 pounds (Beck, Burroughs, Jones and Nazir Stackhouse)
- Tips the scales at more than 290 pounds (Burroughs, Jones and Stackhouse.)
Let’s now take a jog through the list of DawgNation’s top targets for 2020 and we also see the following:
- A pair of OT targets that go north of the 6-foot-5 mark in height (Paris Johnson Jr. and Tate Ratledge)
- A pair of TE targets at the ATH position who already top the 6-foot-5 mark (Arik Gilbert and Darnell Washington)
- Another quartet of interior OL targets that are all also at least 6-foot-3 (Akinola Ogunbiyi, Cooper Mays, Chris Morris and Sedrick Van Pran)
- A trio of RB targets that are well over 200 pounds (Kendall Milton, MarShawn Lloyd and Seth McGowan)
- A string of DL targets that are all well north of 6 feet, 4 inches: (Jacolbe Cowan, Jay Hardy, Alex Huntley and Amin Vanover.)
- A pair of DE/LB targets that are at least 6-foot-3: (Mekhail Sherman and Zykeivous Walker)
- A 5-star CB target in Kelee Ringo that goes 6 feet, 2 inches and also 210 pounds
Georgia does play and will continue to play physical football. There is no doubt here with this class about that.
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