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A big game for Kimble

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Things are not going as expected for Tahj Kimble. This three-star running back prospect from Fernandina Beach, Florida was hoping for a big season. It just hasn't happened for Kimble or his teammates.
"It's not going the way I expected at all," Kimble said. "We are 2-6 and we are not a bad team. We make mistakes and beat ourselves because we are a young team. We have four starting offensive linemen that were on the junior varsity last season. Our quarterback is a sophomore. We are just a young team.
"Despite the record I have some pretty good numbers. I don't know exactly but I have around a 100 carries for 900 yards and 11 touchdowns. I feel like I can do better but even I rush for 500 yards and we lose it doesn't matter unless we win.
"I am proud of what I am doing. They (my teammates) are working hard and I am proud of them. I was young once too."
Despite the record Kimble and his teammates have everything to play for this weekend as they face their biggest rival, Yulee. It's also big for Kimble because his cousin is the star running back for the opposition.
"My cousin is only a freshman there and he has way better numbers for me. He has rushed for 1500, 1600 yards or something like that. If you havem't heard of him his name is Derrick Henry. He's 6-4 and 215 pounds. We are close and have been for a long time. He wears number two and I wear number two. People in the country here are saying it's the battles of twos. I can't wait for the game."
Kimble has picked up two new offers recently; one from Minnesota and one from Florida Atlantic. He also recently took an official visit to Purdue.
"I went up there with the (Daytona Beach) Mainland guys for the Ohio State game. They are my home boys. We played on a seven on seven team together and really hit it off. We are hoping to all go to the same school together. We text each other all the time.
"The visit to Purdue was great. I liked everything I saw and the coaches were great. The players are cool. Everyone is down to earth up there and no one has an attitude. When we got there I saw the coach give a speech to the team. You never would have realized that Purdue was the underdog playing Ohio State. Then we took our seats and I look on the field and say 'hey, there's Terrelle Pryor. Purdue is playing Ohio State!' It was a great game and the atmosphere was terrific."
So does that visit give the Boilermakers an early edge?
"Nah. I just want to take my visits. Like my dad says, 'you don't marry the first girl you kiss.' I will wait until after the season and then try and figure out who I want to visit. I don't have any order or anything like that. Then there are other teams recruiting me that haven't offered yet. FSU has been calling me and I have been talking with Auburn, Arkansas, North Carolina, and Wake Forest. There are a lot of them."
According to Kimble he does have scholarship offers from Purdue, Boston College, Buffalo, Minnesota, Florida Atlantic, Indiana, Iowa State, Middle Tennessee State and Tulane.
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