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March 10, 2011Running back Brian Kimbrow's coach at Memphis (Tenn.) East High School told him that if he worked hard it would eventually payoff.
Things began working out for the 5-foot-9, 165-pound speedster a few months ago when he received his first offer from Mississippi State. Now Kimbrow's offer sheet looks like a who's who among the college football elite.
"My coach said that hard work would pay off and it did," Kimbrow said. "I just trusted in coach and good things happened. It's fun. I just talked to Notre Dame (Monday) and they said I'd have an offer from them this week."
Since his offer from the Bulldogs Kimbrow's scholarships have swelled to Alabama, Arkansas, Arkansas State, Auburn, Cincinnati, Colorado, Duke, Kentucky, Louisville, Memphis, Miami, Middle Tennessee State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Southern Miss, Stanford, Tennessee, USC, Vanderbilt and Virginia among others.
But Kimbrow admits that his very first offer from MSU will always be special to him.
"It meant a lot," Kimbrow said. "I'll always keep my eye on the first team that offered me. They are the team that had the most interest. The way that I look at it with them being my first offer, I'm not going to just throw them out of the picture."
Kimbrow recently visited Starkville for the Bulldogs first junior day along with several of his high school teammates. The trip gave him a better perspective on what the Bulldogs had to offer him.
"I liked what I saw," Kimbrow said. "I got to build a relationship with the coaches a little bit. I visited the weight room and things were really nice. I could possibly see myself playing there one day."
With offers continuing to roll in with each passing day, Kimbrow will have a lot of decisions to ponder as he tries to sort out which colleges will make the cut as he starts to narrow his list.
"It's just everything," Kimbrow said. "Mostly I'm going to look for leadership, good coaches and whatever I'm going to major in. Being far from home doesn't matter to me. I'll go anywhere it's just that I want to be at a place that fits me the best."
While Kimbrow hasn't started to trim his offer list, he has decided on two potential majors for whatever college he attends. He intends to major in either in zoology or sports management.
Kimbrow does not have a timeframe for his decision or even when he will begin narrowing his list.
"I'm just going to wait," Kimbrow said. "I'll have to decide eventually but right now I'm not going to rush into anything."
Last season Kimbrow rushed 201 times for 1,557 yards and 15 touchdowns for Memphis East. He also hauled in six passes for 71 yards while making 10 tackles, a sack and an interception on defense. Kimbrow also returned five kickoffs for 207 yards and two more scores helping lead the Mustangs to a 4-7 record and a birth in the Class AAA State Playoffs.