Growing up in Massachusetts, Brad Kimball was a young man with a future in pretty much any sport he wanted to play. However, things changed during the summer before his sophomore year, when his mom received a job offer she couldn’t refuse, so he and the rest of his family moved west and have made a home on Mercer Island. Now entering his junior season with the Islanders, the talented line prospect is poised to be a rising star among the 2014 recruiting class in the state of Washington.
Kimball currently tips the scales at 230 pounds on his 6’3″ frame, and his athleticism is very noticeable the moment he steps on the field. He played right tackle all season for Mercer Island, helping to keep Washinton-bound QB Jeff Lindquist upright.
“I played right tackle all season and I played some defensive end, but not very much,” Kimball told Northwest Elite Index during the Barton 7-on-7 tournament this past weekend. “This season I’ll be playing a lot more defense so that should be fun.”
This offseason a big focus has been on putting on weight and adding strength.
“We lift three times a week as a team and I’m doing some stuff on my own too. I’d like to be about 245 or 250 this year when we start the season,” Kimball noted. “I’m hoping to play some tight end this year too, so I’m going to be out with our quarterbacks throwing and catching a lot. I’ll be primarily at right tackle, but I’ll work in some at tight end too.”
As far as recruiting is concerned, since he’s not even a junior yet, schools can’t actively recruit him but with a high-profile quarterback like Lindquist drawing scouts, he has spoken to a couple of schools.
“I talked to the Michigan tight end coach on the phone and I’m going to the Michigan camp this summer,” Kimball said. “I’m going to a camp at North Carolina and likely one at Oregon and Boston College too.”
With recruiting just starting for the talented junior-to-be, Kimball is a name with keeping an eye on in the coming weeks and months as we gear up for the 2012 football season.