M.L. King WR Blake Tibbs gets long-awaited UGA offer; Will he commit to Bulldogs?

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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.”

WR Blake Tibbs was offered by UGA coach Mark Richt last Friday (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

WR Blake Tibbs was offered by UGA coach Mark Richt last Friday (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

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.

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61 comments Add your comment

RedandBlackDAWG

August 31st, 2011
7:09 am

I think he will like the atmosphere at UGA and I hope he commits. He is doing the wise thing though and not just jumping onboard without examining his other options. A lot of schools have seen how some of those early promises have worked out. If he really wants UGA, he now has an avenue open for him to be part of the DAWGS.

Mystic River

August 31st, 2011
7:11 am

Tempting offer, but I say he goes elsewhere. Seems as if they only offered him because of Croom committing to Tennessee and Curry de-committing and going to Oklahoma State. The kid caught 60 passes for over 1,000 yards and yet he just now gets an offer from UGA… Croom or Curry combined didn’t put up these numbers and Jaquay Williams didn’t come anywhere close to these numbers and they all were featured guys on their teams. But they all are considered to be the top guys in the state. Blake finished 2nd behind Demarco who caught 73 passes for 1655(State Record) and he is now just getting some love from the beloved Bulldogs.. I say leave UGA and go to Southern Miss or Arkansas and go crazy in their wide open offenses or even join Demarco in Kentucky and play with his old high school teammate.

Johnny Too Good

August 31st, 2011
7:42 am

I kinda agree with mysticriver………
why be someone else’s sloppy seconds or back up plan? they might not even give him a solid chance to play if he signs with UGA

Eastside Dawg

August 31st, 2011
7:59 am

Tibbs was ready to commit on Dawg Night but Coach Ball gave him some BS answer. Same old story with UGA …. Chase after a ton of out of state recruits and when they go elsewhere as almost all of them do, then fall back on the homegrown boys. That’s UGA, late as usual on prospects right under their nose …. However, considering Blake’s other options, he’d be crazy not to commit ASAP

slydog

August 31st, 2011
8:00 am

He is a Dawg!!! Count on it. He is just letting them sweat like they made him. It’s simple folks, the other receivers fit UGA’s system better. When their recruitment falls through, you move down the board.

old Dawg

August 31st, 2011
8:01 am

Kids that stay in State … close to support groups… friends and family… generally do better in school and life after football. .. be a home State hero !!

Destin Dawg

August 31st, 2011
8:07 am

We need W.R’s… and we have the Q.B.’s… to throw to Blake… not just Murray… but Christian LeMay… Hutson Mason… Go Dawgs !!! win the 1st 2 !!

Buzzed

August 31st, 2011
8:29 am

No surprise about Richt offering late. The Dawg braintrust recruited Cam Newton as a tight end. BAAAHAHAAHAHA

jaxdawg2

August 31st, 2011
8:36 am

If we beat Boise on Saturday night, please tell all of our stupid fans not to chant “Over Rated!” Pass it on please.

Athens Dawg

August 31st, 2011
8:39 am

Before the haters get on here and talk about the kid’s 40 time. A 4.5 really isn’t slow. Jerry Rice also ran a 4.5-4.6. He got pretty far huh?

AnnapolisDawg

August 31st, 2011
8:44 am

Best of luck Blake and hopefully we see you in the red and black! Can’t beat the the stable of guys that will be getting the ball to you.

BG

August 31st, 2011
8:50 am

Come on down Blake. GO DAWGS!

AltamahaDawg

August 31st, 2011
8:51 am

If a tree falls in the woods and nobody is around to hear it, does it make a sound?

Recruiting has been going on for decades and nobody would have given a second thought to this a few years back. Everybody is not every schools #1 prospect on the board at thir positions, and things evolve during the process. He knows that, you know that. But we have 24/7 coverage of every word somebody says now, so it’s somehow a bigger deal that what it really is, and always has been before.

Yo Yo

August 31st, 2011
9:13 am

“How did Richt explain the timing of the offer?”

Didn’t realize Richt owed such an explanation. Seems like the recruit understands this. Too bad the reporter doesn’t.

RedandBlackDAWG

August 31st, 2011
9:16 am

I don’t think it is the fact that UGA offered him late. They probably didn’t anticipate having to offer another WR until that kid bailed out for OK state. It would appear he understands this and doesn’t hold it against them. CMR is not going to offer something he can’t deliver when it comes to recruiting. I wish the young man good luck where ever he ends up.

GO DAWGS and GATA

Bob Loblaw

August 31st, 2011
9:28 am

I am very pleased to hear this kid say it doesn’t matter when UGA offered. It shouldn’t. This is a humble kid and understands that a scholarship is still a scholarship no matter when it was offered. Good for him. Don’t sit on it too long, Blake. Do what is best for you… and sign with the Dawgs! Good luck.

Destin Dawg

August 31st, 2011
9:28 am

Go Dawgs…. project ” Dome to Dome “… 3 wins in Atlanta this Season !!!

Old Dawg

August 31st, 2011
9:31 am

he looks good in the video !! run after the catch and kick returns !

Uh huh

August 31st, 2011
9:34 am

Georgia has sent lots of receivers to the NFL, unlike schools like Arkansas and Southern Miss. It’s a no brainer.

tide roll

August 31st, 2011
9:34 am

Can’t afford to let talent leave the state? When has that truth affected the Richt/Bobo brain trust! MLK’s coach must be talking about his own player, A. J. Hawkins, a 6′4″ 320 lb. offensive center for Ole Miss, named to the Remington watch list as a Junior. Or maybe he’s referring to JuWuan James, a 6′7″330lb. starting offensive tackle for Tennessee from N.Gwinnett, and named to the freshman All American team. Or could it be Westlake’s Chance Warmack, a 6′3″320 lb. 3 year starter at offensive guard for Alabama, who, by the way, lined up beside yet another Georgian, OT James Carpenter, from Milledgeville, on Bama’s National Championship team. Carpenter went on to become an NFL 1st round draft pick. Don’t forget Creekside’s Rokevious Watkins, and 6′5″ 335lb OG/OT for South Carolina who literally pushed Uga all over Williams-Brice Stadium last year in Carolina’s beat down of Georgia. It’s not just Metro kids either. Besides James Carpenter at Bama, Arkansas’s starting left tackle is 6′5″330lb. Jason Peacock, who played Baldwin High and, like Blake Tibbs, grew up a huge Dawg fan. Auburn is very high on Valdosta’s Ed Christian, a 6′5″ 315 lb. offensive guard and redshirt freshman. Talk about talent leaving the state! You don’t think these studs could have helped Georgia. Probably would have meant the all elusive NATIONAL TITLE. Just like Carpenter/ Warmack led the Tide to theirs. They made up the left side of our offensive line ! In the face of these facts, Richt and bobo, like moths to a flame, incredibly continue to do the same thing! This year it’s Cedar Grove’s Brandon Greene, a 6′6′ 300 lb. Under Armour All- American Offensive tackle to Alabama. Lithonia’s Joe Harris, a 6′4″290 lb. offensive guard to S. Carolina, and 6′6″ 320 offensive tackle Vadal Alexander from Buford High, to ANYWHERE BUT GEORGIA. Instead, the Richt/Bobo braintrust goes OUT OF STATE to land the Long brothers from Briarcrest Christian Academy in Memphis, the Theus brothers from Bolles Academy in Jacksonville, and Greg Pyke from a Catholic Boys school in Maryland (600 students Total, K-12 !), and the list goes on and on. It’s the high school coaches, administrators, parents and players in this State who made Richt who he is today. In return, he’s preventing deserving kids from playing for the in-state college of their dreams. And it’s for one reason and one reason only. High School Coaches and parents should steer their players/kids away from UGA until the problem is rectified. Richt owes you all a lot more than this.

Dawgmess

August 31st, 2011
9:35 am

“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.”

Good answer, young man! Tells me that you don’t have an inflated ego and think you’re owed an explanation from a head coach. I predict that, when you make your decision, you won’t get a crowd together to watch you juggle hats too.

Good luck where ever you go.

Recruiting is wierd and always has been

August 31st, 2011
9:38 am

“Kids are leaving state of Georgia to play for any body but GT or UGA” or so it seems, IF you believe what you read on these very deep blogs. Ha, ha.

No, recruiting has always been weird whether for UGA or any other school. George Rogers won the Heisman Trophy in 80 or 81 and he played for SC and head to head with UGA and a younger H. Walker, he lost to UGA. He was from Duluth, Ga.

William Andrews ( my all time Falcon back) LEFT south Georgia and UGA for AU and rarely played there with injuries, only to be a low draft choice by the Falcons and history was made.

Tons and tons of examples can be made for long ago or just last week, where so many kids decide to go here or there.

In the end ………………………..THE KID is the one making the decision. Let them do that and enjoy college. Geeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeez. UGA will have a football team next year and the year after and we may or may not sign all of the Top 11 state of Ga. players. We will get a few from other states. Grades and all kinds of intangibles, factor in ………….like where their parents live or where Grandmom lives,etc.

Go Dogs.

JAWJeRDAWG

August 31st, 2011
9:39 am

If Blake Tibbs wants to play for UGA, now’s his chance. I do hope he looks around and realizes that playing in his home state, close to home where it will be easy for his family and friends to come and see him play will be in his, their, and our best interest.

He’s a good receiver, and wherever you go, Blake, good luck to you on the gridiron and in the classroom. Hope you choose to play in the Red-and-Black and Between-the-Hedges! .. Go Dawgs!

RevThomas

August 31st, 2011
9:43 am

Matthews Dawg

August 31st, 2011
10:00 am

tide roll….PLEASE turn the page!! I don’t even read your blogs. Well, that is not exactly true, I do read the first 3 words and see it’s the same old tired response!
Not every kid wants to stay in state! Some of these kids have NEVER been out of state. It’s exciting for them to go out of state. Good luck to the kid wherever he goes!
Dawgster…good to see you on here! I’m at the Dome Sat night and can’t wait!! Go Dawgs

bitter dawgs fan

August 31st, 2011
10:00 am

look around kid-do—just dont miss the boat, limited offers this year and you would look good in the

nike pro dawgs gear’—-red on red,——after saturday nites trashing of boise st

—————you will no that dawgs are back and you should be a member of the future sec champs

bitter dawgs fan

August 31st, 2011
10:11 am

@TIDE ROLL–AKA-TOLLIT PAPER TIDE————RED PANTIES–was behind all that was bad at UGA——-its no secret as soon as he was fired–richt was allowed to hit the recruiting trail

————-now we have dream team 2010———-8 out of 10–of the top ten in state in-state 2010

———————–let the next two weeks play out before you spill anymore garbage—-A-hole

———————————————-DAWGS RULE————–

dawgster

August 31st, 2011
10:17 am

Still bothers me that many of these articles always want to initiate some reaction from these kids based on the fact of who offered first or second or who came in with a last minute offer….All I can say is that for any young man that is offered a Div 1 college football scholarship, you ought to be proud and gracious….Not saying that he wasn’t in this particular situation, but seems that someone is always trying to use that scenerio against the dawgs because they don’t just throw out offers with our evaluating their needs and how the player will fit into their system…I think the young man has a bright future regardless of whom he commits to…But please lets get away from who offered who first…If thats why we lose some guys, then in my honest opinion, then it is probably best that they signed elsewhere if that is the determining factor….go dawgs

bucket

August 31st, 2011
10:24 am

Regardless of how it all went down, if he wanted an offer from UGA – he’s got one! From his comments it appears that Blake is thinking about this the right way and would be a team player in Athens. Would love to see Mr. Tibbs in Athens next year, but this Dawg wishes him well wherever he chooses to play!

JD

August 31st, 2011
10:25 am

How many kids do you think GT and Georgia can sign each year? There is alot of high school talent in Georgia, but a total of about 50 are signed by GT and Georgia each year with a few from other states like Alabama, Florida, TN and SC. In addition, they must balance their position needs. You can’t offer everyone.

bucket

August 31st, 2011
10:32 am

Good point JD. The Curry kid had verbally committed to UGA last year, so that was a spot that has been reserved for awhile. Thankfully Curry decommitted early to open his spot, but you can only sign so many receivers. Another good point that others have made is that CMR doesn’t throw offers against the wall to see which ones sticks. When he offers a kid that offer is solid. Remember all the hoopla several years ago when a qb showed up on campus and was told by an assistant coach that he no longer had a scholarship offer and the Columbus coach banned UGA from campus? That’s the only time in 11 years that has happened to UGA and CMR is determind that stuff like that never happens again because that is not the way he conducts his business.

RRTDawgs

August 31st, 2011
11:21 am

UGA has just offered LB Javiele Mitchell out of Alabama may be close to offering JUCO O -linemen .

Cam Newton

August 31st, 2011
11:22 am

Tide Roll. Alabama didn’t even recruit me. Oh well, come by and see my crystal trophy. Haha.

1eyedJack

August 31st, 2011
11:27 am

They call him MR. Tibbs!

Common Sense

August 31st, 2011
11:35 am

Alright now kid, listen to what CMR is telling you…..You snooze, you lose.

RRTDawgs

August 31st, 2011
11:41 am

Its LB Javerie Mitchell i like Blake Tibbs seems like a good kid good attitude from some of the reports he has been wanting this offer said wants he got it he would commit to UGA even if the offer was late i like the sound of that .

RRTDawgs

August 31st, 2011
11:47 am

Breaking News: Texas A&M close to joining the SEC stay tuned

Bob Loblaw

August 31st, 2011
12:10 pm

tide roll is a TECH FAN. Why are you hiding behind another college? Please ignore this bitter, hypocritical, virgin Yech fan. He was busted two weeks ago. He used the word “we” when discussing Tech’s “ACC Championship.” WHAT A LOSER!!!

bucket

August 31st, 2011
12:29 pm

I figured that Loblaw. No self-respecting Alabama fan would be so wonderstruck by the UGA program that they would know the names, heights, and weights of the players that didn’t sign with UGA.

7576DAWG

August 31st, 2011
12:33 pm

LATE OFFER !
You have 5 months until signing day. If you really want to go to Georgia I wouldn’t care if they waited until February 1st , once you have that offer you just caught up with the very first guy that got an offer even a year earlier. It’s none of a recruits business when an offer is given or why at that time. The recruit only needs to care that he got an offer. Do you want to go to Georgia or not.

ClinchCountyDawg

August 31st, 2011
1:42 pm

Tide Roll

Greg Pyke can not help it if he goes to a small school. So did Herschel Walker and Garrison Hearst.

Recruiting

August 31st, 2011
1:46 pm

Hey…we did want you! You simply were not in our top of the board list. You have to admit we are a better choice than your other offers!!! No way you want to play at Arkansas with…sorry I can’t even say his name after he did his stunt on the Falcons.

59bulldawg

August 31st, 2011
2:37 pm

I like what I see in the clips above and think he’ll look good in red and black. I hope the young man says yes!

Ha Ha

August 31st, 2011
3:08 pm

@Tide Roll, you make me laugh. The story is about a WR and all you can talk about are O-lineman. Your rant adds no value to subject, and quite frankly is meaning less. Btw, what IS your obsession with Richt & Bobo? If they are so bad why would you want them get fired? Or are scared they wont? Btw, I don’t know if you noticed, but Saban doesn’t just recruit AL. Alabama HS football talent doesn’t come close to GA or FL.

Big Dawg

August 31st, 2011
3:09 pm

I wonder who Tide Troll really is ?? on here sooo much… with all this negative B.S… so many stats.. all this knowledge gone to waste….. couldn’t be GT student… no time for anything but UGA BLOG ???? no time for full time job ??? or school.. or wife or any life really.. but soo many stats.. could this be Damon Evans ?? Kirby Smart ??

Big Dirty Dawg

August 31st, 2011
3:56 pm

Big Dirty Dawg…I was thinking the same thing the other nite, i think Tide Roll is really Saban or Smart. Stirring the pot!! LOL

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True Biue

August 31st, 2011
4:20 pm

Follower DeMarco Robinson of MLK , Raymond Sanders of SHS, Josh Clemmons of Whitewaters, and host of metro Atlantan to Big Blue Nation. Where you get a college education and play as a freshman

dawgster

August 31st, 2011
4:40 pm

@Matthews Dawg…good to hear from you also…Going to be a great football game Sat night…I think the dawgs will prevail….A lot of respect riding on the dawgs for this game that evidently has been lost with some people…hopefully Sat night will get a little of that back….

As far as Tide Roll….not sure why alot of his agenda is still allowed on here…the AJC can pretend not to know, but he is pretty consistent with his verbage and really shows a side of himself that must be some real issues…Maybe if we knew his story we would think differently about his comments and where he may be coming from, but I truly do not understand his constant rants….go dawgs

dekalbfootball1

August 31st, 2011
6:33 pm

Congrats! Blake Tibbs stay as you are. Since meeting me in the 9th grade, only thing has change is your grade and voice. You have a strong foundation (parents) they TRUST the decision!! Good luck this season, finish your senior year with a state championship!!!

Rhall55

August 31st, 2011
9:09 pm

Another player who would have committed on the spot but CMR and CRG wait too late on many of these kids!! CMR and CRG are having a poor in-state recruiting class for 2012!! “Win, Baby, Win”!!! “You Snooze, You Lose”!!! I do not see how CMR and CRG sleep well @ night with the inept job they are doing w/ in-state kids!!

Uncle C Biv

August 31st, 2011
10:23 pm

Blake is a true talent and a master of the game…… UGA better put their A game to get Blake…… Greatness comes every now and then!

mlknupe

September 1st, 2011
12:53 am

It seems as though everyone is giving this heralded recruit compliments but the truth is many have never seen him play. watching this highlight tape only tells a page out the book. this kid is remarkable, astounding, adnd just short of amazing. i had the pleasure to see him play 5 or 6 games last year and he and demarco wrecked the scene as one of the most prolific recieving tandems the state of Georgia has ever seen. Im a die hard uga fan and alum of mlk and the truth is not only has uga passed on many talents coming through mlk but every other school in the nation has. mlk has just as much talent if not more than stephenson. this blake tibbs kid will prosper wherever he goes (hopefully to uga). 6′4 195 lbs and can run. truly better than the okl st commit curry. no comparison. god works in mysterious ways and this could be the brak cmr needed on the offensive side of the ball.

RedandBlackDAWG

September 1st, 2011
8:12 am

Rhall,

If the other WR commit, had not changed his mind and decided to go to OK. State. they still would not have offered to this young man. It wasn’t a priority in thier needs. CMR would not have offered a kid, if he felt there would not be a place for him, once he was recruited and signed. He doesn’t do a lot of gray shirting.

GO DAWGS and GATA

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GAHOO

September 8th, 2011
9:59 am

Kid looks impressive.

dawgfan13

September 12th, 2011
4:21 pm

Can anyone tell me what ever happened to Abry Jones and Deangelo Tyson? They never really amounted to be anything special! Where is Derrick Lott? What is T J Stripling doing? All of these players were suppose to come in and be pass rushers for us and I never here their names being called! We need to recruit faster strong D lineman who can play! These guys arent turning out to be anything special. They are Ok at best!