Chester Kimbrough has been favoring Florida for the last few months, but a wrench was throw into his plans when he arrived on LSU’s campus last Friday.
Kimbrough, a 3-star cornerback from Warren Easton Charter School in New Orleans, camped at LSU and walked away with an offer in hand. He drew the attention of defensive backs coach Corey Raymond, area recruiter Mickey Joseph and, of course, coach Ed Orgeron, who explained that the home team waited to extend an offer and warned him that the Tigers were primed to make a fierce push for the in-state defensive back moving forward.
“They said thanks for going through the process with them,” Kimbrough told SEC Country. “It was the one offer I had to work for. I went to camp with my mom and I wanted the offer to see if they really liked me or not. It’s a blessing, though, because LSU is one of the best schools for a defensive back to go to. They put a lot of people in the draft.
“Coach Corey went over technique with me and told me everything would be good for me at LSU. Coach O and Coach Mickey said they’re going to make a big push for me, and that means a lot, because where I come from, people don’t get attention like I get, so I’ll go with it.”
The LSU coaches weren’t the only ones who reached out to Kimbrough after Friday’s offer.
Five-star cornerback Derek Stingley Jr., a teammate of Kimbrough’s with the Louisiana Bootleggers, and 2020 quarterback verbal TJ Finley also messaged the star cornerback. Both began recruiting him to join them in Baton Rouge.
“Stingley asked if I liked LSU and if I thought they had a chance,” Kimbrough laughed. “I’d love to go with him and really ball out. It would be a blessing to play with Sting. People won’t throw to his side, but if they throw to mine, it would be the same result. My name isn’t as big at his, yet, but it would be a blessing.”
Within hours of offering Kimbrough, LSU landed its fourth and fifth defensive backs in the 2019 class: junior college safety Dreshun Miller and 3-star Alabama cornerback Cordale Flott, a projected nickel.
With five spots taken on LSU’s board, Kimbrough is going to take his time with the process to see whether the in-state program is too crowded at his position.
“They got a lot of commits at my position, but if they got that situated, they’d have a chance of getting me,” he said. “When I look at schools, I look at the depth chart. I don’t think Florida has a defensive back committed. That’s why they’re at the top of my list.
“Anything can happen with LSU,” Kimbrough added. “If something happens with them, then we’ll see.”
Kimbrough may be ready to make a decision soon.
His next visit will be back to Gainesville, Fla., for the Gators camp on July 27. Kimbrough admitted a commitment to Florida could come while he’s back on campus.
“We’ll see,” he said.
If not, Kimbrough could commit right before Warren Easton’s opener against Jesuit on Aug. 30. He’s also considering his birthday on Sept. 15 as a targeted decision date.
Florida remains the leader, but he named LSU and Alabama as other teams that could surpass the Gators with amped-up communication.
“Florida is the one school that’s making a big push for me and it’s all about communcation,” Kimbrough said. “They keep pushing, keeping getting after my mom. I’ll go to their camp one more time to see what they’ve got going for me.”
Kimbrough has narrowed his top group to five: Florida, LSU, Alabama, Ole Miss and Texas. He plans on taking his first two officials to Florida and Alabama, and will take all five regardless of whether he commits this fall.
“With rosters all filling up, I need to think about making a decision, probably after my school’s camp,” he said.