Belle Glade lineman Kibler commits to USF
Tony Kibler, a first-team all-state offensive lineman from Belle Glade, has accepted a scholarship offer to play for USF in 2010, orally committing during Saturday night's "SuperBull" recruiting event.
"I just like the school, like the coaches. I like everything about it," said Kibler, who played at Okeechobee last season but has transferred to Glades Day School in Belle Glade.
Kibler, who said he is 6-foot-5 and 320 pounds, chose the Bulls over scholarship offers from Arkansas and Central Florida. He played right tackle last season, but said USF's coaches have told him they see him as an interior lineman at the next level. He was initially recruited by assistant Kevin Patrick but said he has talked the most with co-offensive line coach Larry Scott.
Kibler said he got a scholarship offer from USF last fall and first met USF coach Jim Leavitt at the Bulls' Junior Day event this spring. He said his commitment is a firm one: "I'm not going to back out of it," he said.
Kibler (rhymes with "nibbler," so save the Keebler jokes) said he'd like to drop weight from his current 320 in the next year, and said his strength on the field is his ability "to think on the fly" as a play develops. Last season at Okeechobee, he was part of a line that blocked for Lonnie Pryor, who rushed for 2,295 yards and 20 touchdowns before signing with Florida State.
Kibler was rated as the No. 16 overall prospect in the area by the Palm Beach Post, but is still largely under the radar of the major recruiting sites. Both Scout.com and Rivals.com rate him as a one-star recruit, which typically signifies a recruit who has yet to be fully evaluated.
Kibler is the fifth player to commit to USF for the 2010 recruiting class. Two rising seniors -- quarterback Brion Carnes of Bradenton Manatee and Lake City running back Tiger Powell -- have committed to the Bulls, and two junior college players, defensive end Claude Davis and offensive lineman Justin Green, have also said they will sign with USF.