When Kym Wimberly took his tour of colleges in the northeast this June, he couldn't have made a bad choice.
All four of the schools that the Holy Cross senior wide receiver visited are in the Ivy League. In the end, Harvard won out and got a commitment from Wimberly, who also visited Yale, Princeton and Dartmouth.
"It just felt like home, and Boston is such an awesome city," Wimberly said. "Coach (Tim) Murphy is a great coach. I can start as a freshman and be an impact on the team. And obviously I chose Harvard because of the education. My family and I are both high on education."
Wimberly, listed at 5-foot-11 and 185 pounds, has excelled in the classroom and on the football field at Holy Cross. He scored a 27 on the ACT and has a 3.7 GPA.
On the field, he caught 47 passes for 670 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior. He also ran for a pair of scores for the Tigers. On special teams, he averaged 20.6 yards on kickoff returns.
"He's the ultimate team player," Holy Cross coach Eric Rebaudo said. "He's quite a competitor. He's one of those guys who makes everybody around him better. And he has a really good work ethic when it comes to books."
Wimberly had a long list of scholarship offers, ranging from in-state schools like Tulane, Nicholls State, Northwestern State, Southeastern Louisiana and McNeese State to American Athletic Conference member Houston to military academies like Navy and Air Force.
But he chose Harvard, where he plans to study something connected to sports medicine.
Wimberly said balancing the books and football hasn't been difficult thus far.
"I'm self-motivated," he said. "I can honestly push myself. I know that, as much time as I put in on the football field, I have to make that same time in academics as well. Plus my mom really pushes me."
Wimberly runs track for good measure. But for now, his focus is on football, and he hopes to help Holy Cross improve on last season's 3-8 record.
"Team-wise, we want to win a state championship," he said. "Our team has had a chip on our shoulders from last year. We want to go out and prove everybody wrong."