Texas Safety Commits

The safety from Texas, <b>Robert Kibble</b>, had been thinking about making the commitment and getting it out of the way. After knowing what he wanted to do for a week and a half, he called the UCLA coaches last night and finalized it...

He waited for the UCLA offer, got it, then decided the timing was right. So Houston (Texas.) Westfield safety Robert Kibble (5-11, 185) became commitment #5 for UCLA in the Class of 2005.

"I kind of made up my mind about a week and a half ago," said Kibble. "It came down to UCLA and the hometown school (Houston) and I went and talked with some coaches there and worked out, and just didn't feel it. I knew UCLA was the place."

Kibble is another Bruin recruit to come from Texas, something not lost on him.

"The coaches told me about the players they have gotten from Texas. Now they want me to bring some of my friends and recruit them to play for UCLA."

Kibble told UCLA last night, calling Coach Eric Bieniemy, then calling Coach Gary DeLoach.

"Coach Bieniemy was real stoked. He was real excited, the most excited of all of them. I called Coach DeLoach too and he was excited. I wanted to call Coach (Karl) Dorrell but he was at a dinner. I'll try and call him today."

Kibble says has 13 offers, including from Miami, Houston, Texas Tech, Wisconsin, Nebraska, SMU, Missouri, Northwestern and Texas A&M.

"I feel UCLA is moving in the same direction as a program that I am as a player. They are trying to build a dynasty with the new staff, and I wanted to be a part of that."

With the decision made, Kibble can now focus on his senior season. "I'm glad I made the decision. It's just a huge relief to get it out of the way. I can focus on next year. Just go out and play now. My dad and I talked about it, and we just figured to go ahead and get it out of the way now. California is a beautiful place, and it will be great going to school there, playing out there."

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 said fastest recorded forty time has been a 4.38.

As a junior, Kibble recorded 94 tackles, caused six fumbles, recovered seven fumbles and had five interceptions. He can play both strong safety and free safety, but prefers free, much like fellow Houston native and current Bruin Ben Emanuel, who enters his third year as the Bruins' starting free safety.

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

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