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CB Chester Kimbrough talks Gators
Florida is trying to land a package deal at cornerback from the state of Louisiana in the Class of 2019.
The Gators took the lead last month for 4-star CB Chester Kimbrough (New Orleans), while 5-star CB Derek Stingley Jr. (Baton Rouge) named Florida in his top 3 on Monday along with LSU and Texas.
Kimbrough and Stingley are teammates on the Louisiana Bootleggers 7-on-7 squad, and both were in attendance for the Orange & Blue Game. Kimbrough named the Gators his top team following that visit, and they still hold the edge in his recruitment.
“One thing I rely on is communication and the communication with me is there,” Kimbrough said when asked how the Gators have maintained their lead. “They have a good relationship with me and that’s what Florida is doing. They just keep it 100 with me and they tell me a lot.”
Part of that conversation has been about a return trip to Gainesville. Florida stopped by Kimbrough’s high school this week and made plans to officially visit later this year.
“They came on Monday and want me to come up there for an official visit in December,” he said. “I’ll be straight with that.”
Kimbrough was on commitment watch heading into his trip to the spring game, so it wasn’t a surprise when he named Florida his No. 1 school. However, he hasn’t thought about pulling the trigger because he wants to take his time with the recruiting process.
“I want to play this thing out, wait and see what I go through and have a good experience with my recruitment,” he said.
Are the Gators way out in front?
“Mississippi State, Ole Miss, a lot of them are pushing hard,” said Kimbrough, who holds more than 20 offers. “Other ones like Texas, Michigan sometimes and Alabama. Any school can take my interest fast. It just matters if you communicate with me.”
Kimbrough is ranked the nation’s No. 30 cornerback in the 247Sports composite. In addition to Florida, he has three more schools in mind for official visits.
“I was supposed to go to Texas [on May 5], but I had state track meet,” Kimbrough said. “So Texas, Ole Miss, Alabama . I only got five visits, so I’ve got to choose wisely.”
Will LSU offer Chester Kimbrough?
One program that’s not in the mix for Kimbrough is LSU. The in-state Tigers have yet to offer the 6-foot, 175-pound corner, but the coaches are evaluating him as a potential target.
Sam Spiegelman covers LSU recruiting for SEC Country and addressed Kimbrough’s situation on Tuesday:
“Kimbrough has been a camp superstar this spring, making LSU fans wonder why the in-state team has yet to offer. … Kimbrough is being patient with [recruiting], so don’t expect a decision anytime soon. LSU has kept in touch but not consistently. Kimbrough wants an offer — and understands he’ll need to camp for one. He remains iffy if he’ll show up next month, but odds are he will. After all, he’s a competitive player and an offer from LSU would justify a lot for him personally.”
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