Committed DB is 100% Bruin

The defensive back from Texas who is committed to the Bruins, <b>Robert Kibble</b>, shares his views on the official visit he took last weekend to UCLA...

Houston (Texas.) Westfield safety Robert Kibble (5-11, 185), wasted no time committing to UCLA before the summer began. When the Bruins offered in late May, Kibble immediately pulled the trigger on his commitment.

Last weekend, Kibble officially visited UCLA, and though he had no doubts about his commitment, he said the weekend made him completely sure the Bruins were his top choice. "I was 100% solid before I came, and I'm 100% solid now that I'm back," said Kibble.

The talented safety has been mentioned as one of the committed players who could move to cornerback, and when Kibble was asked about that, he didn't seem to have a problem with that idea. "Hey, whatever gets me on the field, I'll do it. I love safety, but I don't have any preference. I can play either position."

Kibble was hosted on his trip by freshman cornerback Trey Brown, who will have the corner position opposite him open next year with Matt Clark graduating.

While on his official visit to UCLA, Kibble said he contributed to the Bruins recruiting effort in trying to sell a fellow Texan on UCLA. He said, "Big Roy Miller was there so I was telling him to leave Texas and come to UCLA, too. I also met Bruce Davis and Ben Emanuel. They're from Houston too."

Kibble was being recruited by UCLA assistant coach Eric Bieniemy, but on his trip he spent much of the time with defensive backs coach Gary DeLoach and defensive coordinator Larry Kerr. "Both of those coaches are real cool guys. Coach DeLoach is a Texan too. I like that."

Kibble also was able to spend time with head coach Karl Dorrell. "Coach Dorrel is a great leader. He is the guy that is going to take this program to the next level. I believe in him. They gave him a contract extension, so I shouldn't have to worry about him leaving while I'm there."

This week, Kibble will have surgery to clean up a minor tear of the meniscus in his knee. "I played the whole year on it, so it wasn't that bad, but they want to clean it up so I can be ready for the season. I'll be able to start working out on it in two weeks and be able to get in shape for the fall."

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

Kibble was recently selected as one of five finalists for the Watkins Award, which is given to the top African-American high school senior football player in the nation. Interestingly enough, one of the other five finalists is a fellow Bruin commit at safety, Shawn Oatis. "It's a prestigious award and I'm excited to be a finalist. It is great. I didn't know what it was, but then when I heard I was a finalist, I read up and realized how prestigious it is and who were some of the great players to win it. It would be a tremendous honor to win it."

Kibble is easily qualified, one of the main reasons he is a finalist for the award. He has a 3.7 GPA and scored a 1060 on his SAT.

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