Recruiting: Size doesn't matter for Houston LB

Houston, Texas linebacker Robert Killebrew wants to play for a winner in college


Killebrew is a bit of a tweener, but he is so talented that every college recruiter in the country will overlook any negative thoughts about his size. Killebrew is such a gifted football player that some college will find a place for him to play and watch him grow into an All-American.

Killebrew goes into his senior year as a two-year starter at defensive end; however some college recruiters like him as an outside linebacker.

"Due to my size, many colleges are looking at me at linebacker," said Killebrew. "Lets face it, in many defenses defensive end and outside linebacker are very similar positions. I think many college coaches, because of my size and my speed, feel that linebacker will be better suited for me in college. I really don't have any preference where I play in college, I just want to get on the field. I know whatever college I go to will put me at the right position."

Killebrew finished with 98 tackles, 54 solo stoops, eight sacks, three forced fumbles, two recovered fumbles (one returned for a 58-yard touchdown) last season. This season Killebrew will add some short-yardage tailback duties to his resume.

Killebrew can bench 365 pounds, squats 405 and he has a 39 1/4 inch vertical jump. He also runs track, participating in the 200M (22.13) and he anchors the 4X100 relay team that qualified for the regional's last year.

Killebrew has 13 offers already on the table and he likes Florida, UCLA, Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, LSU, Arizona, Arizona State and Tennessee the best at the moment.

"I don't have a favorite at this time and the schools that I mentioned have separated themselves from the pack a little bit," said Killebrew. "I like Coach Bob Stoops and Coach Venables, who I got a chance to meet during their spring game. I like the program and the fact they have won a national title recently doesn't hurt their chance. Even more important, the fact that they have a chance to win it again does mean a lot to me. I will base a great deal of my decision on how teams do this upcoming year. I have only set one visit at this time and that is with UCLA in December."

Killebrew has already qualified.

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