On-Campus Freshman Spotlight: Jalen Kimber

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On-Campus Freshman Spotlight: Jalen Kimber

Photo: UGA assistant coach Charlton Warren visiting Jalen Kimber in-home in December of 2019, Jalen Kimber Twitter
Photo: UGA assistant coach Charlton Warren visiting Jalen Kimber in-home in December of 2019, Jalen Kimber Twitter

Last week, we talked out cornerback/safety Major Burns, but now let’s move our focus on to four-star cornerback Jalen Kimber, who signed with the Bulldogs back in December.

Jalen Kimber

Hometown: Mansfield, Texas

Height: 6-0

Weight:170 pounds

Rankings:

Per Rivals, Kimber finished with a final ranking of the No. 209 best player in the class of 2020. They have him as the No. 18 cornerback in the country, and 30th best player in the state of Texas. Per 247Sports, Kimber is the 8th-ranked cornerback in the country and No. 13 player in Texas.

High School Highlights;

During his senior season at Timberview High School, he recorded 18 total tackles and six passes deflected in eight games, earned him All-District 6-AAAAAA first-team defensive honors.

As a junior, he had 34 tackles (26 solo), three interceptions, and six passes deflected. He helped lead his team to regional finals, and the Conference AAAAA Division I playoffs.

“Slender lower body that broadens up top to present a player with physical upside and durability at the defensive back position. Possesses above average length at cornerback. One of the elite combine athletes in the nation. Bouncy athletically. Competent finding the football with the ability to look and lean in phase. Has the body type to be a physical force in press coverage and run support. Doesn’t always show that physicality on film yet. Sufficient ball skills. Good awareness in man coverage. Has the feet and physical traits to be one of the top cover corners in the nation. Playmaking doesn’t match athleticism on film. Doesn’t trust his speed enough in coverage and can get handsy downfield. Up-trending prospect that is a likely power five impact starter and a mid-round NFL Draft pick however he has physical traits that give him first round NFL upside.”

247Sports

Video Highlights:

Kimber’s junior high school highlights

Expectations:

I think Kimber is the ideal cornerback Georgia coaches were looking for in this class. but it’s going to be tough to break the rotation as a freshman behind Eric Stokes, Tyson Campbell, and D.J. Daniel. It’s going to be interesting to see what his size is in April because coaches want him bulking up to 175 before the annual G-Day game.

For the time being, I only see him as a cornerback until he fills out. It’s rumored that he could take some snaps at safety, but I just don’t see that happening this spring. He definitely has a chance to impress coaches before Kelee Ringo arrives on campus in early June.

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Currently an intern for BI, and a junior journalism major at the University of Georgia.