Posted: 9:34 am Friday, January 22nd, 2010
By Jason Lieser
Former Glades Day offensive lineman Tony Kibler changed high schools again, but has not budged on his commit to the University of South Florida.
After two semesters and one football season at Glades Day, Kibler is back at Okeechobee. He was an all-state offensive lineman for the Brahmans in 2008.
Kibler (6-6, 315, No. 17 on The Big Board) was upset when USF fired head coach Jim Leavitt, but said he already has gotten to know new coach Skip Holtz and remains excited about playing for the Bulls.
“I was 100 percent sure and still am,” he said, referring to his original commitment in June.
“When they fired Coach Leavitt, I was really hesitant at first. I had basically fallen in love with Coach Leavitt. He came to my school, came to visit me.
“I started to talk to a few more universities because they kept calling my phone, but I wanted to wait. I wasn’t going to change anything until I went up there and met (Holtz).”
Apparently, the meeting went well.
As far as changing high schools, Kibler said his mother was reassigned and it was easier for his family to have him transfer back to Okeechobee instead of staying at Glades Day.
By transferring mid-year, Kibler now is ineligible for FHSAA sports.
“It’s too bad because I thought I’d give baseball a whirl,” Kibler said. “It would’ve been pretty fun.”
As usual, it was hard to tell if he was serious.
Kibler said he enjoyed his two semesters at Glades Day and there was no animosity over his departure.
“I love Glades Day and Glades Day loves me,” he said. “I just had to move. I didn’t really want to have to move, but it was for best.”
To read a Post feature story on Kibler that ran in November, click here.