Recruiting: Decision Time Nears For Killebrew

<B>Robert Killebrew</B>, a 6-1, 210-pound starting West U.S. Army All-American linebacker from Spring, tripped to Florida (Jan. 10), his final official as he now looks forward to making a decision on Wednesday (Jan. 15) between the Longhorns, Sooners and Gators.

With commitments from Eric Foreman (WLB) and Scott Derry (MLB), Killebrew could complete the linebacker class for the Horns as he is being asked to play the SAM in Reese's D. And he has operated throughout the recruiting year as business-like in his decision-making process as any recruit ever before him. Having said that, it's time to focus on his comments on the visit to Gainesville.

"I mean, I had a very good time... It was a good visit, but we'll see what happens," said the nation's 6th-ranked linebacker when asked how everything went on the trip to UF.

Florida's tight ends coach, "Coach Tolbert" provided the elbow grease in getting Killebrew to take the trip, but when he arrived he met a linebacker coach that was just as new to the "The Swamp" as he was.

"Linebacker Coach Miller from Michigan State came in a day after I arrived," said the 4-star bluechip linebacker. "I mean, he's the new linebacker coach and I don't know much about him. He seems like a good coach, but none of the players knew anything about him, so I couldn't get any feedback on him, so... you know, kind of hard to tell you a whole lot about him. But we talked and he said he was into accountability. Telling me that if I did my job, he'd do his and make me better, just stuff like that."

As customary, the Gator prospects got a chance to meet the head coach, in this case, the much-maligned Ron Zook, although he's widely known as a fabulous recruiter.

"He's fire, coach is off-the-chain, quite a bit of energy, bouncing off the walls, he's something else," Killebrew said.

There's usually something exciting in every trip and Killebrew said a couple of things stood out to him, but one in particular.

"Well, on Friday night, hung out mostly with the team, but on Saturday night the coaches had us (current and future prospects) go down to the field, you know, simulated the gameday introductions where we'd come running out of the tunnel," he said. "Showed us what it would be like and it was cool... it was something else."

One day away from finding out where Killebrew is headed for the next 4-5 years, does the state's top linebacker feel like he has some nice options to consider before pulling the commitment trigger?

"At this point, yes... I've been very impressed with all of my visits," Killebrew said.

As for the recruiting process?

"It's been alright, I guess," said district 15-5A's defensive Player of the Year as a junior defensive end. "Been a little rough sometimes because you want some down time, but it's been alright."

Killebrew sends us out in fashion: when asked if any of the recruiting services tried to pressure him into giving his answer, IT was reminded again: "Man, don't you know by now that I don't get pressured by anybody?"

Bar none, the best interviewee this year and it's been a lot of fun speaking with the man who wears his intensity and passion for the game on his sleeve. As usual, IT will have even more on the highly regarded senior from Klein High in this week's edition of the Inside Scoop.

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