Kimble set to visit Arkansas practice
Southlake (Texas) Carroll 2018 offensive lineman Jackson Kimble has been committed to Baylor, his dream school, since February.
Kimble (6-foot-5, 270 pounds) is firmly pledged to the Bears over offers from 7 other programs, including Arkansas. However, the Razorbacks haven’t fallen completely off his radar. They’ve apparently emerged as one of his next-best options as he plans to visit this weekend. He hasn’t visited anywhere except Baylor to this point.
“The only places other than Baylor I would visit would be a school that I would seriously consider an offer from,” Kimble recently told SEC Country.
“Arkansas is one of those schools. I’m going up there this Friday.”
A 3-star recruit according to 247Sports’ composite rankings, Kimble has been in regular contact with Arkansas running backs coach Reggie Mitchell. He has also spoken with offensive line coach Kurt Anderson on a couple of occasions.
“Honestly, I wasn’t that big of an Arkansas fan until this past season,” Kimble said. “I just kind of like the way they play and I just thought they’ve got a pretty dominant offensive line. So, I thought why not go check out the school.”
Kimble’s affinity for Baylor developed at a young age. He regularly attended Baylor sporting events with friends of his father who are Baylor alums.
“It was my dream school growing up, so when they offered, it was one of those things, kind of like Rudy almost, where it’s just kind of that team that you had always loved,” Kimble said. “Still, even though I’ve committed, I just want to get the full recruiting process. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing.”
Committed recruits visiting other schools can sometimes create a gray area regarding their commitment status. For instance, Arkansas, in most cases, has a policy of committed recruits not visiting other programs if they still intend to be solid with their pledge. If they do visit elsewhere, the Hogs no longer consider them locked in and will proceed to recruit other players to fill their positional need. Kimble said Baylor has no such policy.
“I made it clear to them that I’m committed, but not every kid gets an invite to an Arkansas spring practice or any college spring practice,” Kimble said. “I think they understand it is a once-in-a-lifetime deal. Those coaches are genuine and they kind of see it from your point of view, and they approved it.”
CB signee Chevin Calloway benches 315
Bishop Dunne (Dallas) 4-star cornerback Chevin Calloway was among the headliners of Arkansas’ 2017 signing class.
Calloway (5-11, 180) is known for his speed, coverage skills and willingness to make a hit. Apparently, strength can be added to his list of impressive traits.
On Tuesday, Calloway posted a video via Twitter of him bench pressing 315 pounds. That’s very impressive weight for an incoming freshman cornerback to be putting up.
Here’s a look at the video:
315 bench pic.twitter.com/9XsGA5RoS9
— Chevin Calloway (@_chev1_) April 11, 2017
NCAA Council to vote on early signing period this week
A proposal incorporating an earlier football signing period into the yearly recruiting cycle is set to be voted on by the NCAA Council later this week.
It’s widely believed among coaches a mid-December signing window, much like with junior college signees, will eventually be approved for high school players. That could be as soon as this week. The signing period would be in addition to the regular early February date.
The additional signing period, however, is only part of the proposal. Allowing programs to hire a 10th full-time assistant is another prominent part of what has been described as a bundled package.
“There are people who like some parts of it, not all parts of it,” Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby told Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports. “So, there is a fair amount of horse trading to be done.”
Arkansas coach Bret Bielema has previously stated his support of a December signing period and adding a 10th assistant.
The vote on the proposal is expected to take place Thursday or Friday in Indianapolis.
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