The Florida Gators have been offering several prospects as of late including a few defensive backs over the last few weeks.
Defensive back Jalen Kimber (6-0, 170, Arlington, TX. Mansfield Timberview) was one of those guys who picked up an offer last week from defensive backs coach Torrian Gray.
“Coach Gray offered me,” Kimber said of the coach from Florida who offered him last week. “He said he’s been watching my film and he really liked me. He also said he was impressed with my performance at the Opening in Dallas.”
Kimber has over 25 offers already but he says getting an offer from Florida means a lot because of the position he plays.
“That offer meant a lot Florida is always in the discussion of DBU,” he said on what the offer means to him. “Being a defensive back I want to be somewhere and continue on the legacy of defensive back play.”
When Kimber and Gray spoke last week, they didn’t talk much about how the corner would fit into Florida’s defense but Gray spent the time explaining what you have to do in order to play in Gainesville.
“We didn’t talk much about schemes,” Kimber said on if Gray broke down how he would fit into Florida’s defense. “He really talked about the type of player you have to be to play in his system. He said I had all the tools to do that. He said you have to be a dawg to play corner.”
Last week was the first time for Gray and Kimber to talk but ever since then, the Gators have been recruiting the Texas corner hard.
“I hadn’t spoken to him before the offer but the conversations started after they offered me and they have been on a regular basis ever since,” he said on if he has built a relationship with Gray yet. “After talking with Coach Gray, I was given the information about him just returning to Florida so it makes sense.”
Gray explained to Kimber his background of working with defensive backs at multiple levels and that’s something that the corner was impressed by.
“He gave me the whole run down from his time at Virginia Tech, then Florida and then his opportunity to coach at the NFL level with Washington,” Kimber said on Gray’s background. “His experience is something that’s very attractive to me as a defensive back.”
The Gators will have the opportunity in a few short months to get Kimber on campus and he knows what he wants to see while in town.
“I have visits planned to Oklahoma, Alabama, Notre Dame and I’ll be at Florida in May,” he said on spring visits. “I’m excited about visiting Florida and I’m coming to see everything that the University of Florida and Gainesville has to offer.”