Posted: 12:38 am Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Kaleb Kim: 3-star picks Auburn over UGA (UPDATED) 

By Michael Carvell

Kaleb Kim, who is ranked as the fourth-best offensive linemen in the state of Georgia, will announce between UGA and Auburn at 3 p.m. Thursday.

Here’s the 6-foot-4, 280-pounder from Mill Creek High School on his finalists:

  • Auburn: “(Offensive line coach) JB Grimes, he’s an awesome man. Just the facilities there at Auburn, and just everything about it feels great. They have a nice atmosphere. Not to say UGA doesn’t, because UGA is nice, too. UGA is really close to home, which is huge.”
  • UGA: “The big thing with Georgia is stay home and play for the home-state team. It’s just 45 minutes from home, and that’s huge. Georgia is a great program, and a program that will always be good, in my opinion. Both are great options. You can’t go wrong with either one of them.”
OL Kaleb Kim of Mill Creek HS (AJC)

OL Kaleb Kim of Mill Creek HS (AJC)

Kim said he’s visited both of his finalists about the same amount of times. He knew where he wanted to go to college after visiting UGA on April 2. Kim attended Auburn’s spring game last weekend.

“Yes, I was ready after that trip to Georgia,” he said. “That’s when I decided I was ready to finish everything up. I’ve made peace with my choice. And I’m at ease with my decision. I’m really happy with it, so I feel like I made the right decision.”

What is the most important factor in Kim’s final decision? “That’s a tough question,” he said. “I’ve gone off of the ‘feel’ that I get from that college. It’s what feels the best or what feels right to me. That might not be a great answer. But I’ve gotten a different feel at both schools, and the one I feel the best about is the one I will be committing to.”

If Kim commits to UGA, it will help the Bulldogs regain some badly needed momentum among the state’s elite offensive linemen. It’s one of Georgia’s best crops of offensive linemen in years, and No. 1 Mitch Hyatt (committed to Clemson), No. 2 Chuma Edoga (USC) and No. 3 Dallas Warmack (Alabama) are each headed out of state.

If Kim commits to Auburn, he will be the state’s third offensive lineman who has committed to the Tigers this week. Sprayberry High School’s Bailey Sharp (and 22 of his family members) pledged to Auburn over UGA and Clemson on Saturday, followed by Creekside High School’s Marquel Harrell committing to Auburn over Tennessee and Alabama on Monday.

Kim is good friends with Sharp, and was asked if that commitment would help Auburn with his decision. “Bailey is an awesome dude. I didn’t get a chance to talk to him before Auburn’s spring game. But yes, Morgan and I get along very well. He’s a great kid.”

And how will Harrell’s commitment affect things? “To be completely honest with you, I don’t know who that is. I don’t think who will be there will affect my decision too much. Because regardless, I will make new friends.”

Kim said once he commits on Thursday, his decision is final. “I’m not going to be doing (visits to other schools). Once I commit, I’m sticking to my word. There will be no de-committing. There will just be my decision, and that decision is final.”

Kim was projected to go to Auburn by 75 percent of the recruiting experts in the 247sports Crystal Ball predictions at midnight on Wednesday.

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196 comments
LEE3333
LEE3333

Where did you get your information that Kaleb Kim is a 3 star prospect?  He is a 4 star prospect per Rivals, Scout and 24/7 Sports.

SinceVince
SinceVince

CMR and his staff once again asleep at the wheel......Clemson, Auburn and South Carolina are eating our lunch!

96JB
96JB

Biggest difference in Auburn and Georgia football. Auburn has been under the darkest clouds you can be under for the last 20 years for recruiting.....while Georgia has not.  Just google it to satisfy your narrow little mind. Dye is ON TAPE ON YOU TUBE arranging thousands of dollars for the Ramsey kid, all the way to Cam's dad telling Ole Miss, " the money is just to good". Unreal

TheOldGuy
TheOldGuy

Is he graduating in  2014 or 2015?  Lets be realistic.


Just because he commits to Auburn in April 2014 does not mean he will sign with them in February 2015.

falconfever
falconfever

The Gus Bus is up and running. Incredible depth on both lines.

LEE3333
LEE3333

SimpleReason....and with all of your fancy demographic mumbo jumbo, UGA still lags behind Auburn and bama in Athletic Dept Revenue and Facilities.  That must really chap your hide.  As for your brief deluge into academia and athletics, you should note that there isn't 1, not ONE, recruit who can be accepted at Auburn that UGA would not also accept.  To think otherwise is silly and incorrect.  I am from Georgia, attended Auburn, and as an out of state student I was required to have higher academic scores than those required as an in state Georgia student.  Almost 40% of Auburn's student body hails from either Georgia or Florida.  Finally, although you eloquently attempt to define the state of Alabama as a dirt poor hopeless outpost that offers little opportunity and produces few leaders, your attempt is lacking.  After all, the President and CEO of Apple is from a small town in South Alabama.  His high school was in a poor county that offered little in the way of technology, yet his Engineering degree obtained at Auburn has led him to being the head of the most powerful and innovative company on the planet. Try again.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

On a positive note I am hearing good things about Roquan Smith and the Dawgs. That would be a goodie.

SimpleReason
SimpleReason

Alabama and Auburn fans are absolutely precious.  They are on a blog of an Atlanta, GEORGIA paper most likely because they live in and around Atlanta out of necessity.  After all, there is little industry in the land of Wallace.


Georgia is a bigger, wealthier, more economically relevant state than Alabama, and that's inarguable.  The evidence of this is a list exhaustively conclusive.


The University of Georgia is a larger, older, more affluent entity than either Alabama or Auburn, with a larger, wealthier, alumni base than Auburn or Alabama.  The evidence of this is anecdotal AND Academic.  UGA has tax base that's 2.5 times the size of Auburn of Alabama's tax base to perpetuate this reality.


UGA's entrance requirements are more stringent than Auburn or Alabama and they assemble on the whole a more academically accomplished student body as a matter of empirical review, compounded by the sheer force of demographic reality.  The state of Georgia sans Metro Atlanta is roughly the size of Alabama and the Atlanta MSA is roughly the size of Alabama, apart from the rest of the state.  And by almost any measure of standard of living, Alabama is eclipsed by Georgia.....on a per capita basis...with half Georgia's population.  Alabama is economically a lot closer to Mississippi than it is Georgia.  But if you'll wait a minute I'll be right back with a few pieces of evidence that Georgia is a better school academically than Auburn along with a few that the sky is blue.


And with due respect to Tech.....which is a fine school that I respect and appreciate as a citizen of this fine state (savor that one NATS).....UGA is the only school in the state serious and AND currently capable of Division 1A football (cap tipped to GA Southern). And it is because of this that Georgia fans, and specifically alumni should be furious beyond words at the level of performance by this staff.  It's actually a tremendous credit to Auburn and Alabama that they perform at the level they do.  They do more with less.


I wish this young man tremendous success in all his pursuits.

Dawgilama
Dawgilama

@Bubbatavious  Both Clemson and  SC finished  beneath UGA in recruiting in 2014 Ga 41 SC 30 was the  score last time I looked with the  Georgia offense  eating up the last  8 minutes of  clock. Georgia  won 6 of  last  8  vs  Auburn and even a  gimp Georgia  team should've  beaten Auburn  in 2014. Auburn needs to load up on  oline they lose  everyone  after this season. Signing  day is in February. When was the  last time  Georgia  went winless in the  SEC , Auburn did in 2012.

LEE3333
LEE3333

@96JB You are so full of it that It is surprising you can breathe and type simultaneously.  Cam's Dad never spoke to anyone at Ole Miss.  As for Dye, the biggest charge was that while he was on the board of directors at Colonial Bank, a current player got a $2,500 loan to buy a used car. WOW. We are about to start a streak of spanking your whining rears. Enjoy it.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

the NCAA will never catch auburn. If they couldn't tag them with the Jovan Robinson grade changing scheme in Memphis then they will never be caught.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

The kid must not know all the facts that simple reason knows...just saying JMO but I blame this on Coach Bobby Dodd. Had he not listened to all those hacks and left the SEC then auburn would still be Miss Mistake in orange and blue.

Unfreakinbelieveable
Unfreakinbelieveable

Amen Lee3333!!  Moist is a moron....he/she has proven it so many times.  It never ceases to amaze me how ignorant some of these UGA fans are on this website.  They resort to name calling and spew BS facts.  WAR EAGLE!!!!

SimpleReason
SimpleReason

@LEE3333  While I admire your defense of Auburn, your post is riddled with hyperbole.  Georgia has been in the top 10 for net Athletic department profitability for the last 15 years, has been first, and is routinely in the top 5.  That UGA uses it's resources to advance elements other than football is a practice I wholeheartedly support.


I'm curious as to your assertion and knowledge of who Georgia would or would not accept in a recruit.  That's an absurd overstatement you should retreat from immediately. I don't know how to respond to that statement.  Your anecdotal attempt to provide a conclusion that Georgia would take anybody Auburn would is a topic I didn't introduce, it's introduction smacks of personal insecurity, and it's a notion that can't be discerned, even if we desired.  What is actual, and quite discernible is that your current starting quarterback was dismissed from Georgia.  We can safely discern that UGA didn't keep him.


Unlike you sir, I'm not throwing around statistical anomalies and distraction.  I simply presented data that's readily available.  You consider measurable census data to be "mumbo jumbo" but the accomplishments of a single individual, the CEO of Apple, carries more weight in credentialing Auburn than say....entrance GPA's, SAT's, etc.  Got it.  By your leading logic Bubba Watson's win at the Masters says a lot about the golfing ability of UGA grads.  Silly Indeed.


I haven't painted Alabama in any way, I've only highlighted economic reality with basic demographic information readily available to anyone with internet access or a library card.


As to your requirements for entry into Auburn???


The average SAT, GPA, ACT....whatever MEASURABLE statistic you'd like to use for incoming freshmen at UGA has been materially higher as far back as is worthy of consideration.  In my lifetime, in my county, Auburn has offered in state/or substantially discounted tuition to Georgia residents.  I don't believe they observe this practice any more.  Regardless of how many students Auburn may have from Georgia or Florida, it's an Alabama state school.


"Trying again" would imply I'm asserting something.....I am disclosing measurable data.  

HotDawg
HotDawg

Lee3.....UGA behind in revenue????? Are you nuts? Not from all the revenue articles published for many years.

But the truth wouldn't feed your petty hatred and insults.

MoistDawg
MoistDawg

@LEE3333  a more simple reason is that the state of alabama has more bag men then any other state in the union.  alabama and auburn are everything that is wrong with college football and i cant wait for uga to wipe the field with both those "schools" and restore order to the $ec proving that you can win the right way and not the sickening way.

LEE3333
LEE3333

@SimpleReason No, you "simply" think that you are more intelligent than others and you enjoy meandering on and on about things that are not relevant to the discussion.  You enjoy giving backhanded compliments with a snobbish sense of entitlement.  You must be so envious of someone with a Georgia Tech degree and downright shamed by someone with a degree from Duke or the University of Texas/Austin.  My guess is that you aren't.  Why? Besides you being overly narcissistic with regard to your self worth, you know that a degree from UGA will get you into any door that a degree from those other institutions will.  Just as a degree from Auburn will get you into any door that one from UGA will.

Unfreakinbelieveable
Unfreakinbelieveable

would love to see links to all your facts and comparisons.  BTW, don't most people live where they do "out of necessity"?  In my 50+ years I have lived in the Northeast, Midwest and 2 stints in the Southeast.  When i retire in 5 years it won't be in GA or AL or in the Southeast for that matter.

LEE3333
LEE3333

@Dawgilama @BubbataviousLose everyone after this season?  Only if they leave early for the NFL.  If not, we will lose Center, Reece Dismukes.

LEE3333
LEE3333

@SimpleReason @LEE3333Just state the name of one athlete that UGA refused due to academic reasons that Auburn accepted with the same academic record.  Just ONE.

LEE3333
LEE3333

@HotDawg I'm not nuts, in fact, I am correct.  UGA takes a huge haul and I do not deny that.  Then again, I also did not start the debate without knowing the facts like the poster to which I was responding did so readily.  You can check and then you can be shocked I suppose.

LEE3333
LEE3333

@MoistDawg @LEE3333Yeah, you "win the right way."  The only thing sickening is the drivel you peck out and onto this website accusing others of things you "know" they are doing while actually having nothing more and an active imagination and time on your hands.

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@Unfreakinbelieveable


Sounds good to me but good luck wherever you land. Regardless of where you land Georgia will be better off as will Alabama and the Southeast!!!

Could be that you probably were F I R E D  a number of times!!!!!!  That would be one reason you moved around so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SimpleReason
SimpleReason

@Unfreakinbelieveable US Census Bureau for population, income, standard of living data, public education statistics, health.


I like the state of Alabama, I was born there.  I like the people, largely, of Alabama.


But it's not in the same economic strata as the state of Georgia as relates to standard of living.  As a matter of fact, Auburn has done a good job of advancing itself in spite of the state of Alabama.


Now quality of life...well that's in the eye of the beholder.


Enjoy your retirement and good luck to Auburn outside of the Georgia game.

SimpleReason
SimpleReason

@Unfreakinbelieveable


Most do.  That's the point.  Jobs and Industry exist in Georgia, but without the sacrifice of rusted over feel of many other areas of the country.


Best of luck in your retirement.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Why are you here in jawja Wet? If bamas so great? Roll tuuurrrd

SimpleReason
SimpleReason

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie Without Atlanta......Alabama is Mississippi.....Now


I'll remain cautious that Atlanta doesn't become excavated from Georgia and moved elsewhere.


Your time at Alabama Polytechnical Institute has served you well.


While we're at it, let hypothesize away the port of Savannah, And AFLAC in Columbus...or Synovus in Columbus......or TSYS of Columbus.....or Fortune 500 companies like Mohawk.....or Augusta National.....or Sea Island.....or Georgia's agricultural base that's larger than Alabama's.........



Terry1961
Terry1961

KeepOnSmilngWetWillie, Without college football no one would know Alabama was a state, and the really sad thing is Bama people are ok with it, y’all rather have a college football team, than a prosperous state.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Help me out every now and then....I am trying to get my post count past the Azzhat level.

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@LEE3333 @HotDawg


You wouldn't recognize a   "fact" if it climbed into bed with you and

your  M O M M Y !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Contractor1
Contractor1

Ha Ha, cracking me up gtcaryd.  I love how ole boy is so predictable, yet he finds ways to surprise me with how far someone can actually take their idiocy.

Unfreakinbelieveable
Unfreakinbelieveable

Not at all Snaggle.....There's this thing major corporations do for people they like and respect it's called a TRANSFER!  Not that it's any of your business but i got my undergrad degree in Biology in 1977 got my masters from Brown in 1981 (got married in between mother of 3 great kids) and i am currently on my 3rd company!  Longevity and stability son.  Don't assume...you know what happens.

Unfreakinbelieveable
Unfreakinbelieveable

might be old stats.  GA is changing and not for the better.  Gwinnett county is going downhill FAST.  20 years ago was the place to move to.  not any more.  What saves GA is Savannah and the high end neighborhoods in Cobb and Alpharetta areas.

SimpleReason
SimpleReason

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie Yeah HotDawg, Willie just reads an Atlanta paper, and posts regularly on a Georgia blog.  He's indifferent to Georgia and UGA.  Isn't that obvious.

SimpleReason
SimpleReason

@Unfreakinbelieveable Yeah it's really damaging the esthetic of Phenix City.  It reminds me a lot of Montgomery...only with jobs, and economic relevance and what not.