When M.L. King High School wide receiver Blake Tibbs got his long-awaited UGA offer a few days ago, many thought Tibbs would commit before Mark Richt could finish getting the words out of his mouth.
We were wrong.
The 6-foot-2, 185-pounder has the Bulldogs in his top four, along with Kentucky, Arkansas and Southern Miss. Tibbs will be one of the featured players in the WSB-TV’s “Thursday Night Football” when M.L. King plays South Gwinnett at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
Tibbs got the news about UGA over the telephone from Richt last Friday.
“We just caught up, and I told Coach Richt that I was interested and that I definitely wanted to make a visit to Athens,” Tibbs told the AJC.
“I told him I was still going to take my other visits. Coach Richt was telling me that was good, but he also said ‘You don’t want to miss out somewhere you really want to be.’ I told him I was thankful for the offer but I wasn’t ready to make a decision right now because I need to visit some places to see what’s the best fit for me. It was a good conversation.”
UGA had a scholarship open up at WR after Flowery Branch’s CJ Curry switched his commitment from the Bulldogs to Oklahoma State two weeks ago.
“I know they had one WR spot left before CJ de-committed, so I guess they had another opening and went ahead and offered me,” Tibbs said. “I guess that’s the reason I got the offer. I’m hoping they didn’t want to miss out on any hometown talent from Georgia.”
How did Richt explain the timing of the offer? “He didn’t say, and I didn’t ask,” Tibbs said. “I don’t really ask coaches about offers. If they give me an offer, I will take it, however it comes.”
Around 10 scholarships have come in for Tibbs, who also has offers from Arkansas, North Carolina, Kentucky, Purdue, Southern Miss, and Wake Forest, among others. UGA flirted a little bit last year with Tibbs’ teammate, M.L. King wide receiver Demarco Robinson, before he signed with Kentucky.
“I think UGA realized that Blake is probably one of the better wide receivers in the state of Georgia,” M.L. King coach Mike Carson said, “and having let Demarco Robinson get out of the state to Kentucky last year, I don’t think Georgia could afford to let Blake get out of state and lose two great wide receivers two years in a row.
“Blake is definitely a big-time player and well-deserving of a UGA offer. I think they just realized that he is just as talented as anybody they have left on their board, and they couldn’t afford to wait any longer to pull the trigger with an offer.”
Tibbs attended UGA’s “Dawg Night” prospect camp in July, and there were rumors that he would’ve committed on the spot had the Bulldogs offered that night. When asked if that was true, Tibbs fumbled his words a little bit before saying, “I don’t know. I can’t give you a good answer on that. Maybe, probably, I don’t know. You can’t really say what you would’ve done because it never happened.”
Will it hurt UGA’s chances that they waited to offer until after the other schools? “No. Georgia is definitely in the running. Now, all the schools I’m looking at are kind of in the same boat. I just want to make some visits and see what the atmosphere is like on a game day.”
Tibbs has been clocked in the 40-yard dash at 4.53 seconds. Last year as a junior, Tibbs put up big numbers — catching 60 passes for 1,053 yards (17.6 yards per catch) and 8 touchdowns.
Note: How good is BT? You can watch him yourself on WSB-TV “Thursday Night Football” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. It’s M.L. King vs. South Gwinnett on Channel 2.2, WSB-TV ’s second digital channel. You can also watch games live on wsbtv.com and watch the rebroadcast Friday nights at 1:06 a.m. on Channel 2. It can also be found on the follow cable channels:
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