M.L. King WR Blake Tibbs (left) committed to UGA and hopes his high school teammate, DE Kenderius Whitehead, will follow him to the Bulldogs (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)
Saturday was a good day at the office for UGA.
The Bulldogs beat Ole Miss on the road in the afternoon, and picked up a commitment from one of the state’s top wide receivers later that night:
Blake Tibbs of M.L. King High School picked UGA over North Carolina, Southern Miss and Kentucky.
The 6-foot-1, 175-pound Tibbs is commit No. 15 for UGA’s 2012 college football recruiting class.
“I watched college football all day on Saturday, started thinking about recruiting, and UGA kept popping up in my head,” Tibbs told the AJC. “I was thinking about all the boys in my area [Atlanta area] that Georgia is recruiting … and that if we all go down to Georgia together, we can make an impact there.”
Tibbs called UGA’s Mark Richt to inform him of his decision on Saturday evening and got his voicemail. Then Tibbs dialed up UGA assistant Tony Ball, who answered and promptly got Richt on the phone.
“Coach Richt said he was proud of me for joining the Dawg family,” Tibbs said. “[Richt] told me Saturday was a great day for him because Georgia got a great win and a great wide receiver. It made me smile when he said that.”
UGA offered Tibbs a football scholarship in late August after a spot opened up at the position when Flowery Branch’s CJ Curry switched his commitment from the Bulldogs to Oklahoma State.
Notes on Blake Tibbs:
- Tibbs’ commitment to UGA also increases the Bulldogs’ chances of landing his high school teammate, DE Kenderius Whitehead. The 6-4, 227-pound pass-rushing specialist lists UGA as his leader, followed by Ohio State, Tennessee and North Carolina. “I haven’t told my team yet but when I do, I’m pretty sure that Kenderius will come up to me and talk about it,” Tibbs said. “I’d love for him to play at Georgia with me. I think he was thinking about committing to Georgia anyways. Now with me doing it, I think it will motivate him a little bit more.”
Mark Richt could use a lot more days like Saturday (AJC photo)
- Tibbs had a scorching start to his senior year, scoring four touchdowns in M.L. King’s season-opening win over South Gwinnett. Just in case anybody had any doubts, Tibbs followed up that all-star performance by catching two TD passes the next week against Collins Hill. Then in the third game against Westlake, Tibbs was ejected for unsportsmanlike conduct after a fight between the two teams, which automatically made him ineligible to play the next game — Friday’s 42-7 win over Langston Hughes. “My coach and I watched the video, and it proved that I didn’t throw any punches,” Tibbs said. “I was trying to get my teammates back on our side. We thought about sending the tape to the GHSA and appealing it, but my coach decided against it. He said it was best for me to go ahead and sit out against Langston Hughes rather than to wait on the appeal and take a chance on missing our next game against Valdosta High School this Friday. But it was tough not playing against Langston Hughes on Friday. I haven’t missed a game in forever. I took it pretty hard. I can’t wait to get back out there with my teammates against Valdosta.”
- Tibbs said when he talked to Richt, the coach wanted him to bring his parents for an unofficial visit for Saturday’s game against Mississippi State. It’s the last Georgia home game for a month. “I told Coach Richt that I was really sorry, but that I couldn’t make up because we are playing Valdosta on Friday night and then I have to wake up early the next morning to take the SAT. He was really understanding about it. I’m going to try to get over there in November, though.”
TODAY’S BIG STORIES
UGA’S 2012 FOOTBALL RECRUITING CLASS
(Note: Click on each name to read more)
- John Atkins, DT, 6-4, 310, Thomson HS
- Collin Barber, P, 6-2, 191, Cartersville HS
- Chester Brown, OL, 6-5, 340, Bradwell Institute HS
- James DeLoach, DE, 6-3, 265, Jenkins County HS
- Jalen Fields, DE, 6-4, 280, Georgia Military JC*
- Leonard Floyd, DE, 6-4, 200, Dodge County HS
- Quayvon Hicks, FB, 6-2, 250, Pierce County HS
- Marshall Morgan, K, Miami, Fla.
- Lonnie Outlaw, WR, 6-6, 200, Georgia Military JC*
- Greg Pyke, OL, 6-6, 320, Baltimore, Md.
- Ty Smith, TE, 6-3, 220, Colquitt County HS
- Jonathan Taylor, DT, 6-4, 310, Jenkins County HS
- John Theus, OL, 6-6, 290, Jackonsville, Fla.
- Blake Tibbs, WR, 6-1, 175, M.L. King HS
- Kent Turene, LB, 6-3, 230, Atlanta Sports Academy prep school**
* Attending junior college
** Attending prep school
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– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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