Joe Gaiter: What does football mean to you?
Kimo Clarke: Football means everything to me. I always loved watching football since I was a kid.
Joe Gaiter: Tell us about your childhood.
Kimo Clarke: I was born in New York on the day of 9/11/01. It was a tragic day but a blessing for me to be here. I moved to Ocala Florida when I reached the 4th grade. I was raised in Florida.
Joe Gaiter: When did you start falling in love with the game of football?
Kimo Clarke: I first fell in love with football when I got the chance to run with the ball in my hand as fast as I could, making sure no one even touch me.
Joe Gaiter: What are your fondest memories about Vanguard High School?
Kimo Clarke: There ain’t nothing like that RED, WHITE, & BLUE! Every single game was a moment with my team. We came to shutout any one that stepped in front of us. If we didn’t blow a team out we feel like we didn’t do our job!
Joe Gaiter: What did it mean to win several awards during your high school career?
Kimo Clarke: It felt great to hold accomplishments and break records. It makes me go harder on the field and I’m going to keep on throughout the rest of my football career.
Joe Gaiter: Tell us about your recruitment experience.
Kimo Clarke: Coming out of high school I had offers like Arkansas, FAU, Marshall, AirForce, etc. I choose Jackson State after my visit it felt like family very first day. I love the atmosphere at Jackson. I also love breaking records so I feel that God made me go to Jackson State To accomplish breaking one of the best running back in history record … Mr. Walter Payton .
Joe Gaiter: Describe the feeling of making getting your first college touchdown?
Kimo Clarke: My first college touchdown was the greatest feeling in the clutch we’re down by a field goal to Mississippi Valley with 2 minutes on the clock. I just broke the freshman record for rushing yards with 178, I told myself I have to get in this end zone! On a stretch run I pressed the hole and the cutback lane was there. The fans were going crazy because we came back from 21-0 and got the win! A memory I can’t ever forget!
Joe Gaiter: What would you say has been your contribution to your team this season?
Kimo Clarke: I will say my hard work, no matter how tired I am I push my body to levels that are uncomfortable to get me out my comfort zone. I feel if I give my 100% it will show in the games. I contribute the team because you can put me anywhere out the back field, to the slot, or any special teams .
Joe Gaiter: How will you personally help Jackson State win more games next season?
Kimo Clarke: Personally, I will help Jackson State win more games by scoring. When I run the ball I’m determined to get in the end zone. I’m going to open up the run game this season with my versatility and speed.
Joe Gaiter: What are you doing to stay healthy during the off-season?
Kimo Clarke: I’ve been running a lot and doing a lot of speed drills or running back drills to help me with my craft. I stay on the parachute because speed kills! I also go back in forth with my trainer and he helps me with my footwork and craft.
Joe Gaiter: What is your major and how do you plan on using it?
Kimo Clarke: My major is Physical Therapy basically I want to help athletes with injuries because I know myself personally the pain to break a bone . I’m eventually going to make a business to take care of athletes and it’s going to be called “Kimo Therapy”.
Joe Gaiter: Who are some athletes we need to look out for next season?
Kimo Clarke: This year it’s a lot of guys you haven’t seen really in action. This year y’all need to watch out for “Prime Time” Brandon Sanders at WR, Tyson Alexander another versatile patience running back . Also, Quincy (BowsUp) Casey with his accuracy at the quarterback position.
Joe Gaiter: What is your untold story?
Kimo Clarke: My untold story is I’m the chosen one. I was born on tragedy but lucky to be here. I love the game of football and I’m passionate on my dreams and I plan on breaking many football records for the rest of life. I want the whole world to know who Is Kimo Clarke. I’ve been slept on throughout my whole life but I wake them up everytime! It’s time the world wake up.
Joe Gaiter: Final Words?
Kimo Clarke: I don’t want to talk no more about the season. I will show you myself September 5th,2020.
Joe Gaiter: Shout outs?
Kimo Clarke: Shout out to Coach Brady Ackerman he done so much for me and always had my back since he recruited me. No one will understand our bond and he’s from Ocala,Fl too so we click perfect.
Social Media :Twitter @KimoClarke