Killebrew Has Cali Ties

TheInsiders No.6-rated linebacker in the country, Robert Killebrew, is drawing the attention of college football recruiters from across the country, but his strong ties to Southern California has made UCLA a constant on his list of top schools...

Robert Killebrew, 6-1, 203, 4.5, Klein (Tex.) High, exploded on the recruiting scene following the Texas Nike camp in May. From his first interview in spring, UCLA has remained one school he is strongly considering, due quite a bit to the many ties Killebrew has in the Los Angeles area. In fact, Killebrew spent a good part of the summer visiting those ties.

"We (Killebrew, his younger sister and parents) drove around a lot this summer and visited a lot of schools. I went with my parents to visit my family in California, and on the way we visited Arizona and Arizona State. Then we visited UCLA, and I was very impressed with UCLA. I was real impressed," he said.

UCLA coaches have made quite a good impression, too. Regarding assistant coach John Pearce, who recruits Texas: "He's a real nice guy. I enjoyed his company, and he is a coach I could get to know real well." When asked about head coach Bob Toledo, Killebrew said, "Coach Toledo is kind of laid back, but certainly the kind of guy I could see myself being coached by. I could learn a lot of things from him."

The family moved from California to Texas when Killebrew was eight. His father followed UCLA football while they lived in California.

"I have quite a bit of family in California," Killebrew said. "Some live in Compton (his father's hometown and his mother is from Los Angeles) and some live in San Bernardino and some in Merino Valley. That is one of the reasons I am so interested in UCLA because it is close to family. I may be leaving them (mom and dad), but with all the family out there it's not really like leaving. Of course, with your mom or dad, it would be kind of sad you are leaving home. But they see UCLA as a good school and that would be a good reason for me to go away to school and to get a good education."

Education is a top priority for the Killebrew family. Both of Killebrew's parents attended Loma Linda University. He insists that at this time he, with the help of his parents, is taking a long, hard look at just about each school that has offered him from an athletic and academic standpoint. Killebrew is set on making a very well informed decision. He has received 18 offers so far, and he may have to squeeze some unofficial visits in with his five allotted official visits.

He does, however, know where he is definitely taking one official visit. "I talked to the coaches about taking an official visit to UCLA in December or that may change depending how my season is going on, but I am officially going to visit UCLA for sure."

UCLA is recruiting him to play linebacker, as are nearly all of the schools recruiting him. What is odd is that he plays defensive end for the Bearkats and has never played linebacker. Yet he is such a good athlete and student of the game he believes the transition to linebacker should be very smooth. He also has what defensive coordinators love - a definite mean streak and intimidating intensity on the field.

His recruitment has continued in high gear through the summer. "It took about four weeks after the Nike Camp for people to get the information about my performance. Then the recruiting really started to pick up. I started hearing from schools I had never heard from before. I'm getting a lot of mail from everyone."

The word around Klein High School was that, during the evaluation period, more college coaches stopped by to check out Killebrew and teammate, cornerback Ashton Youboty, than had ever visited the school during that period.

Schools Killebrew continues to mention include UCLA, Texas, Arizona, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Florida, Colorado, Arizona State, Arkansas and Texas Tech. But he might have given us a little hint as to his leaders. He said, "Texas and UCLA are recruiting me the hardest. It might come down to those schools, but I'm not sure right now."

Killebrew is fully qualified.

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