One of the most exciting players in Tennessee, if not the southeast, is Memphis (Tenn.) East running back/athlete Brian Kimbrow. If he didn't already have that title following his sophomore season in 2009, Kimbrow has quickly earned consideration with a phenomenal offseason on the camp circuit.
That camp circuit has earned the 5-foot-9, 162-pound athlete a host of offers thanks in part to his explosiveness with the football and his speed that has seen him consistently clocked in the sub-4.3 range. Most recently, Kimbrow picked up a verbal offer from the state's flagship program, the University of Tennessee.
"I got the offer at the camp," Kimbrow said. "Coach Dooley told me to come to his office and he said he was going to offer but hadn't gotten a chance to watch me. So he wanted me to come to camp to see if all the talk was true."
Apparently Dooley agreed with all of the buzz beginning to surround Kimbrow. His offer added to verbals that Kimbrow had already received from coaching staffs at Ole Miss, Mississippi State, MTSU, Auburn and Memphis.
Kimbrow has certainly earned everything he's gotten. Few players were as active on the camp trail and as eager to compete as Kimbrow. His exploits this fall and spring included a dominating performance at the BadgerSports 7on7 southeast regional, multiple sub-4.4 40s, a 4.25 40 at Alabama and countless impressive performances on both sides of the football.
"I always put in 100 percent effort," he said. "I'm a player that works hard and has a lot of desire."
The offer from Tennessee was particularly exciting to Kimbrow not only because of its status as his home-state program but also due to its history in producing running backs.
"I was excited because I've always wanted to go to Tennessee," he said. "I love the running backs they breed there. Coach Dooley said they just wanted to have the ball in my hands."
While Tennessee has been a school that Kimbrow has always followed, he claims Miami as his childhood favorite. However, regardless of his opportunities, Kimbrow his in no rush to make a decision.
"I have a lot of schools so I'm just being patient. I'm in no rush to make any decision."
This fall, Kimbrow is hoping to lead a talented Memphis East program into a deep playoff run.
"This year I just want to win games and make big plays," he said. "I just trust in my line. My line will open it up for me. That's where it is."
As a sophomore, Kimbrow rushed for 863 yards on only 86 carries and seven touchdowns.