Bulls First to Offer Massive O-Lineman

The USF staff did very well in the Miami area last year and are looking to do the same in 2009 by being the first to offer a 6'6-315 pound lineman from Glades Day HS. Read on and find all about the massive OL and where the Bulls stand. Stay informed with USFNation.com

Every year it seems the Miami area is loaded with talent and this year is no different. One name Bulls fans need to know is Tony Kibler, a massive OL prospect who will be playing for Glades Day this upcoming season.

Everything's been going great," said Kibler. "I'm just working out and getting ready for spring ball which starts this Friday."

Kibler recently transferred to Glades Day after moving to Belle Glade in December. While at Okeechobee, Kibler played a key role opening holes for Lonnie Pryor and was one of the main reasons Okeechobee had such a strong offense last season. Since then Schools have taken notice.

"I think I have received mail from almost every school in the nation except for Hawaii, UF, and a few northern schools. My mail box is always full."

It's no surprise that Kibler is drawing so much attention, he stands 6'6 and weighs 315 pounds and moves very well for a player his size. While at Okeechobee he earned class 4A first team All State, All Area and All Region following his junior year, but the offers didn't come in until recently.

"I have offers from USF, Arkansas, and Georgia Southern, and they all came in the last 4-5 weeks," said Kibler. "A lot of schools are going to come watch me this spring."

The Bulls were the first to offer Kibler, with both Arkansas and Georgia Southern coming within days of each other two weeks ago.

"It felt real good to get that first offer because I didn't know when it be coming. They said they like my style of play and that I'm a good fit for their offensive system."

"I‘m looking for a school that's good academically because I want to major in engineering and business," said Kibler. "For football I'm looking more for a relationship between a coach and a player. I'm looking for that bond where there's mutual respect, but the coach is basically like your dad."

It's only spring but already two coaches have formed relationships that Kibler is looking for.

"I've built good relationships with Coach Godsey of UCF, and Coach Scott at USF. Coach Scott is from Belle Glades and during the summer I saw him quite a bit."

Kibler doesn't have any clear favorites but Florida schools might have a slight edge. "I'm open to anywhere, but I'm born and raised in Florida, so that's where I'm comfortable."

Most kids grow up with a favorite or a dream school, but that's not the case for Kibler.

"My dream school is just going to college. I haven't had anybody in my family go to college and get a 4-year degree."

He may not have a favorite, but Kibler is very aware of USF and what type of offense they run. "They're not afraid to shove the ball down your throat. They like to run and do the quick passes and I like that kind of stuff."

Tony has seen the USF campus briefly but did go see the Bulls play their spring game two weeks ago. "That was real nice seeing them play at that stadium. I wasn't used to seeing something like that."

With spring ball around the corner Kibler is chomping at the bit to get back on the football field, and is just looking forward to playing football. It's his favorite time of the year, and he has a lot he wants to accomplish next season.

"More than anything I want to show dominance and prove that I'm worthy to play college football, said Kibler. "I want to show that I can do what it takes and do the hard work to improve every year like I have since I was a freshman."

The coaches, players and location will all have an influence on his choice, but an early decision isn't likely as he'll wait until his senior season to decide.

Inside the classroom, Kibler carries a 2.8 GPA, a 23 ACT score, and is already qualified and on the NCAA clearinghouse.

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