Kibble Leans West -- Toward UCLA

The safety prospect from Texas, <b>Robert Kibble</b>, has a 4.0 GPA and 13 scholarship offers, including one from UCLA. He favors the Bruins over programs like Miami and Nebraska...

There was one offer that Houston (Texas.) Westfield safety Robert Kibble (5-11, 185) wanted more than any, and he told us how he felt when he did get that offer from UCLA.

"Man, I was real excited to get that offer. They are definitely my number one school. When I got it, I was just real happy," said Kibble.

So why such a heavy interest in the Bruins, coming from Big 12 country?

"It's just a great school, a great degree. I've talked with (UCLA) assistant coach (Eric) Bieniemy, he recruits my area, and he is just a great guy. He writes me every day. He's real straight up with me. Coach (Gary) DeLoach, he's from Texas and is real familiar with me. He's read up on me and he would be my position coach. UCLA is just a great situation. I like the system UCLA runs. It's the same as my high schools."

With all the love for UCLA, a commitment would seem imminent, but Kibble cautioned that while the Bruins are his clear favorite, he isn't ready to commit just yet.

"I'll let it happen when I feel comfortable," he said. "I'd like to take some trips if I can, but if I am ready to make my decision, then I'll make it."

Kibble says he has 13 offers, including from Missouri, Wisconsin, Texas Tech, Miami, Georgia Tech, SMU and Nebraska.

After UCLA, he says the next two schools he prefers, Oklahoma State and Arkansas, are tied in his mind. He's awaiting offers from both.

\Kibble attended the Texas A&M Nike Camp that was washed out, but was able to test on the bench and in the vertical, benching 22 reps and jumping 35 inches. His fastest recorded forty time has been a 4.38, he says.

As a junior, Kibble recorded 94 tackles, caused six fumbles, recovered seven fumbles and had five interceptions. He can play either free or strong safety, but prefers to play free safety.

Leaving the Lone Star State wouldn't be a problem for Kibble either. "My mom actually wants to move to California," said Kibble.

Academically, Kibble carries a 4.0 GPA and scored a 960 on the SAT, qualifying him for college. He plans to take the SAT again.

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