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When talking about the top prospects in the state of Texas this year, much like the state of Florida, you quickly think defensive line. It's a very strong year for D-Linemen in that state and Larry Dibbles is about as good as they get.

At 6-foot-2 and 285 pounds (he was 281 at the NIKE Camp back in late May), Dibbles is one of the quickest big men you will see anywhere this year. He ripped off a 4.68 at the NIKE Camp at 281 pounds. We're talking about a kid who could challenge Matt Walters' incredible timing of 4.56 on grass at 275 pounds. At a weightlifting meet earlier in the year, Dibbles bench pressed 450 pounds. He definitely has the perfect combination of size, strength, and athleticism.

How about on the field? Dibbles says he racked up an incredible 142 total tackles as a junior, although I think that number is probably closer to 100. His 22 sacks and 115 backfield disruptions is proof that he lives in opposing backfields.

Your current core GPA: 3.7

Your latest test score: 820 on the SAT, but I took it again.

Who called in May: Notre Dame, Texas, Oklahoma, Miami, Florida State, UCLA, LSU, Texas A&M, there were a bunch of them.

Have they all offered a scholarship: Yes, every school that called offered me.

Who is your favorite right now and why: I really like Texas a lot. I had a good time at their summer camp and my mom got to meet the coaches and it was real nice. They're probably my favorite right now, but I want to take visits to Oklahoma, Notre Dame, and Miami later this summer. I also like Florida State, too.

A friend of mine who is heavily involved in the NIKE Camps told me Dibbles is one of the elite defensive tackle prospects in the entire country. I think he's probably one of the five best UM D-Tackle prospects outside the state right now, joining Marco Martin, Manual Wright, Fred Matua, and Kendrick Gholston. I think he'd be right up there with Kareem Brown and Davin Joseph as the best in Florida if he played here.

However, it's going to be tough to steal him away from the Longhorns. He sounds really high on them and that's where I truly think he will end up. And since he would probably announce that decision around the start of the season this fall, it's especially important that he takes a unofficial visit to UM this summer. If that happens, I think our chances tremendously increase because I think he can fit in with our players and coaches and would fall in love with the tradition we have of producing defensive tackles. But I think Oklahoma and Notre Dame will have a lot to offer just like us, but in the end, it's going to be tough getting him away from Mack Brown and Texas. If he does leave the state, I like our chances as much as anyone IF he makes some type of visit to UM this summer or early fall.

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