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Story by Coach Demian Walter: With the 2017 football regular season right around the corner, I met with one of the best football players in the Central Washington Region tonight for a quick Q & A session after an offseason practice. Ivory Kimble is a TE and DE who plays at A.C. Davis High school in Yakima, Wa. Ivory is a class of 2019 player who is oozing with raw potential, with measurables of 6’2” 220lbs and a 11.96 FAT time (Fully Automatic Timing) in the 100 meters in his Sophomore track season. At that size, and only a sophomore, that is a real nice track time to build upon.
Ivory started every game as a Sophomore last season on BOTH sides of the ball and was an All-League selection at TE from the Big 9 Conference. Most importantly Ivory also carries a cumulative 3.4 GPA.
Ivory Kimble is a player I have seen in person at games and during practices over the last 12 months. He is one of the most coachable STUD athletes I have ever seen. He is a player that soaks up coaching instruction and he looks coaches directly in the eye when he interacts with them.
Ivory is the type of player who sets a great example by ALWAYS winning every sprint during conditioning sessions with the team. These are some of the reasons that Ivory has improved every year so far through his sophomore season. Not all players possess those valuable character qualities. Ivory said that one of his personal goals this season is to be named team captain of his high school team. I can’t think of a better guy to captain and lead a team, even as a junior.
Coach J.R. Washington of the Davis High School coaching staff said that Ivory is going to be heavily involved in the passing game this season from his Tight End position. On defense, the coaching staff also expects Ivory to be an absolute nightmare for opposing offensive backfields. He will be coming off the line with speed and explosion and he has shown the strength to be able to set the edge as well from his Defensive End position.
The Davis HS staff also indicates that they think Ivory might project as a linebacker at the collegiate level but Coach Washington indicated Ivory will stay at Defensive End this season because that is where he is needed to help the team most. During my interview with Ivory, he stated he is willing to play ANY position if it will help the team. Those are the kind of selfless TEAM FIRST players I love.
Davis High School in Yakima, WA. has produced some very impressive college football players over the years. In the last decade, 5 players have moved on to the Division 1 level (current NFL WR Cooper Kupp of the LA Rams is from A.C. Davis HS). I think Ivory Kimble will be the next Davis Pirate to play at the collegiate level and I think there will be some college coaches who will want to make a stop at Davis High School in Yakima, WA. to find out more information about this rising young star.
Catch the Interview with Ivory right here: