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High school football: Tulsa East Central's Kimmie Carson continuing to grow into linebacker position

SUPER 30 — Kimmie Carson first played the linebacker position in the 2010 playoffs. Nearly two years later, he's widely considered the top linebacker in the state, and coach Bobby Klinck still calls him ‘a raw talent.'
by Ryan Aber Published: July 12, 2012

More than anything, Carson is looking forward to the season and being a part of a defense that also includes Oklahoma commit Stanvon Taylor.

“We're going to be the No. 1 defense in the state,” Carson said. “It's a whole new defense this year and we're looking real, real good.”

That playoff game against Skiatook woke up Carson to the possibility that football could be a big part of his future.

“That game did a lot for me,” he said. “I didn't think I ever had a chance to play college football before that game. It was a dream. That game changed that, though.

“Right now, it's all in my hands. As long as I keep putting in the work, it's going to happen.”

The work is a big part of what Klinck is trying to instill in Carson — not necessarily for his success this year but setting him up for success in the future.

Klinck should know. He was a two-time Oklahoman All-State first-teamer out of Jenks in 1999-2000 and wound up signing with Oklahoma.

“Once you get into college, it becomes a job,” Klinck said. “Once you get there as a freshman, you're busy from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and if you don't have a work ethic and you're not ready to rock n' roll, you're going to get left by the wayside.

“It's starting to click with him a little bit and you can definitely see it in the way he's working out now and the way he's taking coaching. It's exciting to see.”

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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Oklahoman Super 30

The Oklahoman's Super 30 feature series on the state's top football recruits continues with No. 10, Kimmie Carson of Tulsa East Central. Here are the last three players we've written about in the series:

No. 13: Ben Oberste, Sallisaw

No. 12: Dominique Alexander, Tulsa Washington

No. 11: Jordan Smallwood, Jenks

Up next: Check out No. 9 on the Super 30 list, a big, bruising running back who accounted for nearly 1,500 yards and 18 touchdowns while helping his team to the state finals. Find out who he is in Saturday's Oklahoman.

No. 10: Kimmie Carson

School: Tulsa East Central

Height: 6-2

Weight: 210

Position: Linebacker

Recruited by: Offers include Arkansas State, Oregon State, New Mexico and South Dakota.


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