QB Kimble surprises with ACC pledge

When Mitch Kimble (Jerseyville, Ill./Jersey Community) decommitted from Northern Illinois and officially visited NC State, the general belief was he would follow former Huskies coach Dave Doeren to Raleigh.

While the coaching transition would have been an easy one for the 6-foot-2, 190-pound dual-threat quarterback, Kimble said Syracuse was the better place for him. He committed to the Orange over the Wolfpack on Monday.

“Getting on campus and getting the feel for everything, getting to know the coaches and hanging out with the players, I felt it was the perfect fit for me,” Kimble said.

Kimble officially visited Syracuse the weekend of Jan. 18 and followed with an official visit to NC State this past weekend. He enjoyed his visit to NC State and is appreciative of Doeren giving him an opportunity at both Northern Illinois and NC State. However, Kimble is happy with his decision and knows he made the right one for him.

Offensively, new Syracuse coach Scott Shafer told Kimble he is the right match for what he wants to do with the Orange. Kimble said the coaches believe he can possibly make a run at the starting job depending on how he performs once he arrives in the summer.

“I can throw the ball but also have the run factor,” Kimble said. “I can escape from situations and my size and speed will fit in with their offense.”

Former Northern Illinois commit and three-star receiver Corey Winfield (St. Louis/Riverview Gardens) flipped to Orange last week. He and Kimble visited the Orange the same weekend, and when Kimble arrived home from his NC State visit, he began texting with Winfield.

“We’ve definitely been keeping in touch and thought it’d be exciting if we could play together,” Kimble said. “I told him I had a good time at NC State but was thinking I’m going to go with him to Syracuse and he was pretty excited to hear that.”

The Orange have 17 commitments in their 2013 class, and Kimble joins Austin Wilson as a quarterback pledge for Syracuse. Wilson is considered a pocket passer.