As a senior at Fresno's Clovis West High School, Negrete had intended to attend Stanford and walk on to Jim Harbaugh's team. However, in February 2008, Kyle fell asleep at the wheel of his Chevy Silverado.
He hit a light pole and the truck went into a spin. The driver's side wrapped itself around a tree with the force of the collision.
He had been on his way home from a friend's house where they had eaten dinner and watched a movie.
When rescue personnel got to the scene, they reported that the tree's trunk was flush with the back of the driver's headrest. Negrete escaped a near certain death or being paralyzed by the thickness of his truck's headrest alone.
His injuries were numerous. His collarbones were shattered, his sternum broken, one of his lungs collapsed and he needed 150 stitches in his face.
Negrete would make a full recovery, a testament to his strength, his faith and the support system surrounding him.
Due to the crash, Negrete didn't walk on at Stanford. Instead, he enrolled at the University of San Diego, where the Toreros play in the I-AA Division of college football.
In the 2009 season, Negrete debuted as a linebacker, despite having injured his back during training camp of his sophomore year. He played through the pain and became familiar with ice baths and electro-stimulation.
As it turned out, Kyle had two herniated disks in his back. It would be two years and one intense back surgery before he healed and landed at USC as a transfer.
But he knew his days as a linebacker were over. He became a punter. This latest test and challenge instilled in Negrete a desire to compete at the highest level he could.
At about the time USC got Negrete's tape, new coach Lane Kiffin had recently hired John Baxter after 13 seasons as the special teams coach for the Fresno State Bulldogs.
Baxter had recruited Negrete, the son and nephew of former players and grandson of their former coach, since he was a kid. Baxter had told Negrete he was more suited to the role of a punter at a Division 1/FBS school.
Negrete would have to walk-on at USC for his chance to punt for the Trojans. It didn't matter. This young man would do, will do, whatever it takes to achieve his goals.
USC was then slapped with NCAA sanctions, making the scholarship situation even tighter. Negrete's father paid USC's tuition while Kyle punted for the Trojans as one of the few starters not on scholarship.