"It was almost 180 degrees for Florida and almost 180 degrees for Texas," Killebrew said. "It was that close. But the reason I picked Texas was because it's a great school, great education and they have a great football program. And a degree from The University of Texas carries more prestige than any of the other schools I was looking at. The academic support staff is second to none in Austin at The University of Texas."
Killebrew continued, "One day, I'm going to have to put up my pads and get a job. You can't play football forever and by going to UT I'll have the chance to say that I graduated from one of the best colleges in the country."
Did your academic standards all but eliminate Oklahoma?
"To tell you the truth, OU's academic program doesn't even compare," said the nation's No. 6-ranked linebacking prospect. "If you want to play football, OU might be one of the best in the country, but it's a football school, that's it. If you want to go to a college, then you're not going to school at Oklahoma. Guess that might be giving some of those guys some ammunition for the Cotton Bowl, but I'm keepin' it real. Don't get me wrong, OU has a pretty good school, but it's not the same. OU's second-tier and I have said all along that education was the most important thing in the decision-making process."
"That's why I was so high on Florida," Killebrew added. "They're so close to UT in that they are both football schools, but they both have great academics. OU was never really in it."
In IT's update yesterday on Killebrew's visit to Florida, the state's top 'backer mentioned the Gator linebacker coach being new, thus it was difficult to assess what a 4-5 year relationship might be like with someone he only recently met. Could that have a played a factor?
"Yes and no," Killebrew said. " I mean, he wasn't in on the coaches' meeting when they spoke of how I might fit in because he was just hired, but at the same time I didn't hold that against them either."
Do you think your high school coach is going to be upset?
"He's gotta be cool with it because I'm happy about my decision," Killebrew said. "He was pressing me to go to Florida, but it's my decision. I'm the one who has to live there for the next four years."
Did talk of Texas being loaded at the linebacker position scare you any?
"For what?" Killebrew sharply asked.
Texas has quite a bit of talent at that position.
"So, I have no problem with competition," the 4-star bluechip linebacker said. "It's not that 'there's competition' you look at, it's how you handle yourself when there's competition. You know, there's such a thing as a work ethic. I'm going to put a work ethic on these people haven't seen before. I'm going to create a new word for work ethic when I get done. Competition is what you make it."
Mack Brown and Co. must be doing backflips and giving each other high-fives as Killebrew brings that indefinable something to the game coaches are constantly searching for. And he's bringing it to the Forty Acres!
We'll have more on Killebrew in this week's edition of the Inside Scoop.