The cornerback from Florida, Jalen Kimber, has decided to commit to Louisville after transferring.

Florida CB Jalen Kimber Transfers to Louisville

Throughout his career, Jalen Kimber has been a part of the SEC, notably spending the last two seasons as a starter for the Gators.

After concluding their 2023 season, the Louisville football program has resumed exploring the transfer portal for new additions. Jalen Kimber, a cornerback who played his last two collegiate years at Florida, declared his commitment to the Cardinals late on Friday night.

This marks Louisville’s initial transfer commitment subsequent to their defeat against USC in the Holiday Bowl this past Wednesday. Kimber’s decision represents the program’s 17th acquisition from the portal in this recruitment cycle.

Standing at 6 feet and weighing 185 pounds, Jalen Kimber proved to be a dependable asset in Florida’s defensive lineup during the previous season. He showcased his skills in all 12 games, securing 11 starts and emerging as the Gators’ second-highest contributor in pass breakups with a total of five. Additionally, Kimber made an impact with 23 tackles and a fumble recovery.

Originally from Mansfield, Texas, Kimber embarked on his collegiate journey with Georgia, where he spent the initial two years of his career. However, his playing time was limited, featuring in only three games and registering three tackles. Upon transferring to Florida in 2022, Kimber’s performance elevated significantly as he participated in all 13 games. His contributions included 13 tackles and an interception returned for a touchdown against USF during his inaugural season with the Gators.

Securing Kimber’s commitment stands as a crucial win for Louisville, especially considering the expected changes in the cornerback position. With Storm Duck’s impending departure due to graduation and the potential NFL Draft declarations of Quincy Riley and Jarvis Brownlee Jr. (though only Brownlee has officially declared so far), the Cardinals are facing shifts in their cornerback lineup. Moreover, transfers like Derrick Edwards III and Marquis Groves-Killebrew have further impacted the team’s defensive secondary.

Recognizing the upcoming transitions, head coach Jeff Brohm and the Louisville coaching staff have actively engaged in bolstering their secondary through the transfer portal. Kimber marks the fourth defensive back to join Louisville in this cycle, following the arrivals of UCF’s Corey Thornton, Eastern Illinois’ Blake Ruffin, and North Carolina’s Tayon Holloway. Additionally, since the commencement of the winter transfer window on December 4th, the Cardinals have witnessed 11 scholarship players entering the transfer portal.

In their 2023 season, the Cardinals concluded with an overall record of 10-4 (7-1 in ACC), marking a significant achievement by securing a place in the program’s inaugural ACC Championship Game. However, their first year under head coach Jeff Brohm concluded with a three-game losing streak, affecting their final season record.

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