QB Mitch Kimble Down to Syracuse & N.C. State, Shafer Plucking NIU Again

SU’s new head coach is once again looking at his old school for commitments.


Scott Shafer isn’t done pilfering the Northern Illinois recruiting class. Syracuse’s new head coach nabbed his first verbal with WR Corey Winfield yesterday. The tall and speedy Winfield had been committed to Northern Illinois since July, but is now headed to Syracuse. Now it looks like NIU could lose another commit.

Mitch Kimble is a quarterback out of Jerseyville, IL who de-committed from NIU on Monday. Kimble had a solid verbal to the Huskies until a pair of offers from Syracuse and North Carolina State came his way. Kimble already visited the SU campus this past weekend, and will make a trip down south to check out the Wolfpack tomorrow. He had given the Huskies his verbal in August, but his head coach Dave Jacobs tells The Fizz Kimble’s heading to the ACC.

“He was committed to Northern Illinois until (Monday). He de-committed from Northern Illinois. Syracuse and Scott Shafer is going to see him… and the quarterbacks coach. It’s N.C. State and Syracuse, so it’s down to two.”

Shafer’s seven-year tenure as defensive coordinator at Northern Illinois could be panning out nicely for the Orange. Kimble isn’t ranked in Rivals’ stars-system, but makes the case as a worthy dual-threat quarterback. The 6’4” 195 lb. Kimble passed for 1,427 yards and 10 TD passes, to go along with 957 rushing yards and 15 scores on his legs. That’s almost 2,500 total yards and 25 scores.

Shafer, along with new SU quarterbacks coach Tim Lester, made their way to Jerseyville to meet Kimble. He’s the second QB SU has targeted since Zach Allen flipped to TCU. New offensive coordinator George McDonald has traveled down to the Sunshine State, perhaps meeting with Houston quarterback commit John O’Korn.

How do the two ACC schools’s depth charts look? The Wolfpack says farewell to quarterback Mike Glennon, just like the Orange sends Ryan Nassib to the NFL Draft. N.C. State welcomes back one senior, one junior, and two sophomore QBs, while Syracuse will have Charlie Loeb, John Kinder, Terrell Hunt, and Ashton Broyld. N.C. State has yet to receive a QB commit for the 2013 class. But as Austin Wilson remains devoted to the Orange. That’s the one advantage the Wolfpack may have.

SU and N.C. State are also battling for Malik Brown. A Florida native, Brown has retrieved interest from other schools such as West Virginia and the Wolfpack. New N.C. State head coach Dave Doeren has a long relationship with Dwyer High in West Palm Beach, Fla. It could be another loss as a result of Doug Marrone’s departure.

The Fizz reached out to O’Korn to gauge his interest after the hiring of McDonald, but he declined comment. If O’Korn’s out, Shafer’s visit to Jerseyville is huge. Shafer’s solid ties to the state of Illinois is making this a race.

Posted: Brendan Glasheen

8 Comments on this Post

  1. Your info on State’s QB situation is a little misleading. They only have two scholarship QBs (Thomas and Stocker). The other two are walkons, so Kimble would be, at worst, 3rd string from the get go. Though Brissett, the transfer from Florida, enters the mix in 2014.

  2. barry dylan

    Ashton isn’t a QB. This is why we recruited two QB’s this season and not one. Long term he isn’t an option.

  3. John O’Korn’s no comment has me puzzled. If he wasn’t interested in the ‘Cuse he would have just said that I’m flattered by the offer, but I’ve decided to stay committed to Houston. By declining comment, I can only speculate that he has interest but doesn’t want to show his hand just yet.

  4. It looks like O’Korn is more a pure passer!! Kimble is the better athlete!! Kimble does throw some sign arm passes too tough. But this Kimble is a gamer. Why?? On his runs you see him give it out instead of running out of bounds. You got to like that. Jim Brown would love that!! Old time SU FB there!! If you want the Manning kind of guy its O’Korn(he isn’t coming here) or the give it all kind of guy=Kimble. I’ll take Kimble. One other thing about Kimble. What was his school record for 2012?? The team he was on had no speed at all. His WRs were caught from behind. He had the only speed on his team!!

  5. O’Korn tweeted that he sticking with Houston and will not take any more visits. This was about 20 minutes ago.

  6. Russell MacEachern

    Nice to see a kid keep their word in this day of me first primadonnas(O’Korn)!!I think the athletic Kimble is coming here anyways?Right Terry?the staff is cleaning house in the midwest and decimating NIUs “13” recruiting class!!Who else can we grab?

  7. I wouldn’t mind seeing an offer extended to NIU recruit Jordan Huff. A 205 pound RB with a 4.4 forty.

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