Woodside DB Kahleef Jimmison (Photo: Joe Barnes/recruit757)
Woodside DB Kahleef Jimmison breaks recruiting seal with VMI offer
by Brandon Mitchell, recruit757
Woodside produced one of the most talented defenses last year in the Peninsula District and starting defensive back Kahleef Jimmison (2020 DB 5-9 161) had a lot to do with its development. The Woodside product has done a great job integrating within the back half of a Wolverines secondary that has a chance of challenging that of Phoebus with Thailand Baldwin moving on to Life Christian. The recruiting process for Jimmison has lacked speed, but that doesn’t mean programs aren’t interested. If he wants the opportunity extend his academic and athletic career outside of Woodside, it may mean he has to think outside of the box.
Virginia Military Academy has increased their interest in the talented defensive back and tossed him his first collegiate offer on Thursday of last week. The Keydets have not only recruited well throughout the state of Virginia, but their dedication to homegrown talent resembles the model of Latrell Scott and the Norfolk State Spartans.
Over the last few years, prospects such as Kaleb Tucker (Kecoughtan), Sawaar Canaday (Heritage), Devone Humphrey (Hampton Roads Academy), and Reed King (Grafton) have all represented the Peninsula at VMI after their high school graduation. Jimmison could be a strong acquisition for the Keydets who only surrendered 244 yards per game through the air last season. VMI will still need to adjust the way it defends the run this upcoming season after giving up 265 yards per contest via the ground a season prior. In the meantime, it’s easy to see why its pass defense was as stingy as it was.
Despite picking up of the offer, Jimmison plans to increase his workload this weekend participating in a 7-v-7 at William and Mary on Saturday before camping with Old Dominion on Sunday. The two-sport student-athletes remains overlooked on the basketball side of the house, but vows to continue to put effort into both sports equally.
– Brandon Mitchell