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Newly offered Louisiana RB already close with ASU assistant

Arizona State is in serious contention for a recruit it recently offered due to to his closeness with assistant coach John Simon.

When Arizona State offered a scholarship to Louisiana running back Jacob Kibodi on Saturday, it captivated him. 

Kibodi doesn't know much about the Sun Devils yet, but the 6-foot-2, 205 pound star player at Christian Life Academy in Baton Rouge already has a strong bond with the program's running back coach John Simon. 

"He's been recruiting me since my sophomore year at Southern Miss and we have a really good relationship," Kibodi said. "Maybe like a week ago were talking about the offer and stuff and he said he might wait until the spring to do it, but then [a few days ago] he told me they weren't going to wait. He wants to make sure that I know how much he cares and how much he likes me and stuff.

"He's a Christian man, he's outgoing, he loves football, he's a great coach. I love him. We just clicked when I went to the Southern Miss camp. Every since then we've been close. He's a great man. "I'm closer to him than any other coach."

ASU was Kibodi's major scholarship offer, following on the heels of Arizona. He's also reportedly received an offer from Georgia State, Jackson State, Louisiana-Lafayette and Louisiana-Monroe. 

"Coach Simon told me and my mom a couple weeks ago, like when he first got [to ASU], that it's a great place to live, great people. It sounded great, I can't wait to take a visit. I think I'm going to take an unofficial visit first, maybe this summer. I'm not sure, I haven't really talked about it with my parents yet."

Baylor, Colorado State, Louisiana Tech, LSU and Mississippi State are also recruiting Kibodi, he said, and he's planning unofficial visits to ASU, Arizona and Mississippi State this summer. 

After growing up a basketball player, Kibodi has switched his focus to football exclusively when thinking about college. As a junior he increased his productivity substantially, totaling 842 rushing yards on just 76 carries (11.1 yards per carry) and 18 receptions for 324 yards with 17 touchdowns from scrimmage. 

"Looking at colleges, I want to feel comfortable, like my second home, Kibodi said. "I want to be able to come in and compete for a starting position, just feel comfortable. If I feel like that I'll be able to play to my best."

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