Varsity Preps

Kenny Wimberly C/O 2015 Spotlight

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Instinctive. Ball hawk. Playmaker. These are all terms that could describe class of 2015 cornerback Kenny Wimberly.

The 5-10, 175-pounder from Smiths Station High School (Smiths Station, AL) seems to always be around the ball to disrupt offensive progression. He finished his junior season with 58 tackles and six interceptions. Wimberly’s physicality and 4.4 speed help him succeed, but his mental focus is what helps him thrive the most on the gridiron.

“I just study the quarterback and his eyes to see what he’s gonna do or where he’s gonna go with the ball,” Wimberly said. “I study the receivers, too; you have to think and try to figure what they’re gonna do before they even approach the line.”

While most defensive players get excitement out making big hits, Wimberly gets fired up by wreaking psychological havoc on his opponents.

“What I love the most is to see the frustration on the other side of the football,” Wimberly said. “I like to hit people, but I love to lock people down and frustrate them. In our game against Enterprise, I had two interceptions, and they just stopped throwing to my side. The quarterback started to get frustrated; it really helped my team out.”

Wimberly is currently flying under the radar and has yet to receive any offers, but he has plenty to offer to a college program. He’s a cover corner that’s quick, keeps the play in front of him and plays with intelligence. Fortunately, he still has a summer to attend camps and a whole season left to put himself on the map.

“I’m working for that first offer, and when it comes, I’ll look into that school a whole lot,” Wimberly said. “That’ll make me work harder to get more offers, and I’ll choose the school that fits me the best.”

LSU and Mississippi State are some of Wimberly’s favorites because he likes both schools’ defensive strategies. Alabama is another place he’d like to play because it’s close to home. Wherever Wimberly lands, he wants to show that he could make an early impact.

“I would like to stay close to home, but I wouldn’t mind moving away,” Wimberly said. “When I choose a school, I’d at least want to be able to compete for a position right away. I don’t want to go anywhere where I know that I wouldn’t get any playing time.”

With his intellect on the field and his play-making ability, look for this sleeper to open some eyes in the upcoming season.

 

Kenny Wimberly’s Junior Highlights: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1411223/kenny-wimberly

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