If speed isn't Brian Kimbrow's greatest asset, it's certainly near the top of the list. Asked Wednesday how many times he has been caught from behind in his high school career, the Memphis (Tenn.) East junior running back didn't have to think very long before answering.
"Never," he said.
"Nope," Kimbrow insisted. "I'm sure. I'm positive."
Kimbrow's claim actually isn't difficult to believe. Also a track and field standout who excels in the sprints, he registered a time of 10.5 seconds in the 100 meters last year.
In the fall, Kimbrow rushed for 1,651 yards in 11 games and averaged nearly 10 yards per carry. That came one season after he totaled 987 rushing yards.
For good measure, Kimbrow also returned kickoffs.
"They kicked the ball to me three times [all season] and I scored twice," Kimbrow said. "The third one, I ran all the way back to the 20."
To say the least, Kimbrow is confident in his ability.
"I think I'm one of the top-five players in the nation in my eyes," Kimbrow said. "I know what I'm capable of doing."
Colleges have taken notice of Kimbrow's skills. At last check, 21 schools had offered, including programs such as Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, LSU, Miami, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Stanford, Tennessee and USC. Mississippi State was the first to offer.
"No favorites," Kimbrow said. "I'm medium with everyone. All my offers are good to me. I really didn't expect to get as many as I've got. It's hard to say [who's recruiting him the hardest] because I get a lot of mail every day from each school."
When will Kimbrow begin narrowing things down?
"I'll probably start doing that by the end of the summer," he said.
Kimbrow has yet to attend any junior days, but said he plans on doing so sometime in the near future. However, he isn't sure which schools he will check out. According to the 5-foot-9, 165-pounder, he also hopes to compete in a summer camp or two.
"I know coach is going to take me somewhere," he said.