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July 13, 2012After not signing an inside linebacker in the 2012 class, the Georgia coaching staff has made the position a priority in 2013 and it's starting to show.
The Bulldogs pulled in their second commitment of the night and fourth position at the inside linebacker position on Friday in Warren Central (Indianapolis, Ind.) linebacker Tim Kimbrough.
"Yes sir, I committed to Georgia tonight," said Kimbrough. "Georgia is a special place and I had a great visit there earlier. It is just a great fit for him."
The four star linebacker brought his father, mother, and head coach to Athens for this visit, and said that two of those already shared his love for Georgia, but the other had to be won over.
"My dad and my coach love Georgia and believe it is the right place for me," he said. "My mom said thought it was too far from home, but they showed her around and she got to see everything. She was impressed so she is cool with it now too."
Another huge factor in his recruitment had to do with his relationship with Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham.
According to Kimbrough, Grantham's NFL experience, combined with that of his future position coach, Kirk Olivadotti, was just too much to pass up.
"I really got to know Coach Grantham well and he recruited me hard," he said. "He is a great coach and does a great job with that defense. I also got to work with Coach O tonight too and see how he coaches and he is a really good coach. Their NFL experience really made a big difference with me."
The Rivals250 prospect was clearly one of the quickest and most fluid linebackers on the field at the Friday night event.
Despite the fact that he is a heavy hitting down hill linebacker with the pads on, Kimbrough felt at home at Dawg Night without being able to bring down ball carriers.
"I felt comfortable out there with what I was doing. We have been working a lot on coverage and stuff so I was really cool with that," said Kimbrough. "There was some great competition out there and a lot of speed. Everyone I went against was fast, and I think I did well."
Being from the state of Indiana, Kimbrough is a little different than the other Bulldog commitments because of the distance from Athens.
Despite that divide, he has been bonding with UGA commitments and recruits on facebook and enjoyed meeting them in person at Dawg Night. "I met Ryne Rankin in person tonight, and he is a really big dude," said Kimbrough. "I feel like with me and him and the rest of our class in there, we will be special. I think we could be unstoppable. I also talked to this other guy who was out there, Shaun (McGee) and he was liking Georgia a lot too. He got an offer tonight."
Now that he has committed, what is next for the physical linebacker?
"I'm just going to keep working hard and have a great year," said Kimbrough. "I want to be ready to come in and play early at Georgia and go after that opportunity."