Cyburt Impressed with New Coaches

Mission Viejo offensive tackle Colby Cyburt talks about meeting the new coaching staff, when he plans to make a decision, and what schools in his top three...

With the uncertainty concerning Rick Neuheisel's status toward the end of the year, and then the time it took to find a new head coach, Mission Viejo High School offensive tackle Colby Cyburt was happy to finally hear about the new coaching staff in Westwood.

"There was a lot of uncertainty until I started talking with them more recently, and getting to know the new coaching staff. And I really like the coaching staff there now, after getting a chance to know them. Coach Klemm is a great guy. I really like him, and I think he's going to do great things for the program."

During the time between coaching staffs, current recruiting coordinator Patrick Girardi was one of the main points of contact for Cyburt at UCLA, helping to keep him apprised of what was going on with the program and when he could expect to get some word from the coaching staff.

He also has spoken with Jim Mora, who impressed Cyburt as "a really good fit for UCLA. He seems really into what he's doing there, and I think UCLA is going to do great things with him as coach."

Right now, Cyburt is listing a top five of UCLA, Stanford, Colorado, Oregon State and Washington, but he said there are three that stand out among those five.

"It's pretty much even at this point, except I'd say Colorado, Stanford and UCLA are my top 3 among the five."

Cyburt is scheduled to visit UCLA officially this weekend, and then after that he's scheduled to go to Stanford on the 13th, Colorado on the 22nd, and either Oregon State or Washington for the final weekend in January.

"I'm probably going to (be making my decision around signing day). I originally wanted to be done earlier, but we had a long season, which was good, but bad for recruiting so it delayed the whole process of taking my official visits, and I wanted to take those before I made a decision. So that's why I kind of pushed it back."

When he does make a decision, he said that the two biggest factors for him will be strong academics and a quality football program.

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