UGA-bound Blake Tibbs makes strong case for state’s No. 1 WR

UGA-bound Blake Tibbs of M.L. King High School has made a strong case for being the state’s top prospect at wide receiver.

The 6-foot-1, 175-pound caught four touchdown passes and returned a kickoff 82 yards for touchdown No. 5 with 16 seconds left in a dramatic 50-49 win over Stephenson last Friday. Both teams were undefeated and ranked among the top five in the state’s largest classification.

Tibbs’ offensive fireworks, especially the clutch kickoff return, is the stuff that legends are made of – regardless of what he does after high school.

UGA WR commit Blake Tibbs (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

UGA WR commit Blake Tibbs (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

“I’ve had a lot of people tell me that was the best high school game they’ve ever seen,” M.L. King coach Mike Carson said. “In my 17 years, that was – by far – the best game I’ve ever seen. For us to be behind 26 points at one point in the game, and down 17 in the second half and win it … wow, man that was amazing.”

Leading the charge was Tibbs, who single-handily took over a game that featured around 20 players between the two teams that have been either offered by or are committed to D1 colleges.

“Blake is a super athlete; the kid has plenty of football ability,” Carson said. “He’s a great kid. He is – by far – the best football player we have on our team. He continuously makes plays. On Friday, if we had to get the ball to a guy, he was that guy. I was surprised they kicked it to him at the end. It went straight to him. As soon as Blake caught it, after the first 2-3 steps, I knew he was gone.”

Tibbs impressed his coaches and teammates with his leadership after M.L. King fell behind early. “I told my team at halftime, ‘You’ve got to believe in yourself. We’ve got to believe in each other. And we all together have to believe that we can win.’”

Tim Tebow couldn’t have said it any better.

UGA wide receivers coach Tony Ball and UGA recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner both attended Friday’s game and witnessed Tibbs’ star-studded performance.

Tibbs said he is “100-percent committed” to UGA and has no plans to visit any other schools. Ironically, Tibbs might not have ever been offered by UGA had another WR target, Flowery Branch’s CJ Curry, not switch his longtime commitment from the Bulldogs to Oklahoma State in August. Soon after losing Curry, UGA offered Tibbs.

“I really don’t know why Georgia waited later to offer Tibbs, I just don’t know,” Carson said. “I look at the fact that Georgia had other wide receivers that had committed to them and tried to see how that unfolded. When the Curry kid backed out, Georgia immediately jumped back on Blake and offered him. In my opinion, Blake was probably the best returning wide receiver in the state this year and probably should’ve been offered right off the bat.

UGA LB target Kenderius Whitehead of M.L. King (pictured) is really liking Clemson because they will let him play DE (AJC)

M.L. King DE Kenderius Whitehead was once considered a "lock" to pick UGA, but Clemson has gained ground after recruiting him to play his chosen position of DE rather than OLB (AJC)

“It can be a numbers game when it comes to recruiting. Once you get kids to commit early to a school, as a school you want to try to honor that commitment. I guess colleges don’t have time to thoroughly evaluate kids like they used to because everything happens so fast. But we felt like it was a no-brainer to offer Blake Tibbs, and we felt the same way about Demarco Robinson, who is a kid I think they let slip away last year [to sign with Kentucky]. They are both great wide receivers.”

UGA hopes to sign three WRs for its 2012 recruiting class. Along with Tibbs, former Wilcox County standout Lonnie Outlaw of Georgia Military Junior College is committed to UGA but has yet to meet academic requirements.

  • UGA is also pursuing Tibbs’ close friend and teammate, M.L. King defensive end Kenderius Whitehead (6-4, 227). However, Clemson is making a strong push with Whitehead, who wants to take all of his visits before deciding. “His top three, from what I’m understanding from him, are Clemson, North Carolina and Georgia,” Carson said. “Clemson pretty much is content on letting him play down as a defensive end to where I think UGA is more interested in him being an outside linebacker-type kid,” Carson said. “From what Kenderius is telling me right now, he’s not comfortable with being an outside linebacker. He wants to play defensive end. We’ll see what happens.”

– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog

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105 comments Add your comment

freedyg

November 7th, 2011
2:53 am

1st and i thought he caught 5 td’s….

Dekalb Fan

November 7th, 2011
3:09 am

Dawgs offer Whitehead for DE that is his best position. He can easily put on more pounds with a good strength and conditioning program.

Columbus

November 7th, 2011
3:40 am

Great game Tibbs! And MLK! Whitehead, its OK to go to UGA because you WILL be awesome at outside linebacker man, like Lawrence Taylor! AND Grantham WILL have you NFL ready since he IS an NFL coach! Imagine 4 years of an NFL coach while in college?! SEC too! You get to play against the BEST man! The BEST competition makes you the BEST player! These are all facts! Another fact is talk to Grantham and ask him to SIMPLY NOT put you into a box and just like Jarvis Jones, you believe you can excel at DE when given the chance. I know Grantham knows his stuff but you cant put people in a box because there is always exceptions. You can put on some weight too. BUT also man if you do play outside linebacker, you would be a BEAST! Like LT! Clemson and NC man…they arent going to win anything the next few years. UGA might be in the SEC Championship EVERY year youre in college! Richt, Grantham, UGA…..SEC Championship games! National Championship game is coming in 2 years….. Clemson and NC will have new coaches soon….Richt will be at UGA for 15 more years……

dawgerbrown

November 7th, 2011
6:26 am

“Guess it’s just a numbers game”….it is about the numers, unless, it’s Alabama talking to you. Hope some of these Georgia kids reconsider. Go to Bama and get lost in the oversigning, or, come to UGA and see playing time.

bitter spoiled recruit

November 7th, 2011
6:54 am

im another hershal—did somebody say bammer nation is crying——LSU

————————–next whooping——-tumors corner——dawgs54—–war hoggs–5

bitter tide roll

November 7th, 2011
6:56 am

what happened?——kill the kicker with tree poison

Palm City Dawg

November 7th, 2011
7:11 am

Adding to the JUNKYARD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Da'Rick is 0-2

November 7th, 2011
7:13 am

Whitehead, just ask Jones about trusting Grantham! It has worked for him.

bubba4dawgs

November 7th, 2011
7:20 am

Come on, Whitehead…stay in Georgia where you’re known and loved! Be loyal to your state! You’re home grown besides, the coaching at UGA is superior to Clemson. They get a good team now and then but UGA is a high profile school with top coaches that will prepare you for the NFL. Grantham knows the way. Be sure to visit and look at those facilities, the best there is! You’ve be hooking up with the best athletes! They don’t come any better than Coach Richt and Coach Grantham!!!! GO DAWGS!!!!

59bulldawg

November 7th, 2011
7:50 am

Great job Blake! Wish I had been at your game last Friday. I look forward to seeing you in a red and black uni next season. Thanks for choosing the Dawgs!

Nub

November 7th, 2011
7:54 am

It’s great to be a Georgia Bulldawg!

mike

November 7th, 2011
7:56 am

he isn’t a full time DE in 3-4 but there are times where he will line up that way. watch games this year and the OLB’s play both. want to make it to NFL, then show you can play 4-3 and 3-4.

Honest

November 7th, 2011
7:56 am

Come on…Clemson plays in the weak arse ACC. ACC is for losers like Ga tech.

LSUanybody?

November 7th, 2011
8:01 am

IF Georgia beats Auburn it’ll be their turn to play for the SEC CHAMPIONSHIP, nice turnaround for the coaching staff. Saban has player arrested for drugs last week, loses focus and chokes again. Best talent but gets outcoached by Miles again, settling for field goals and turning the ball over.

Destin Dawg

November 7th, 2011
8:05 am

Be an in State hero… Kids that stay in State.. close to support groups.. friends and family.. do better in school and life after sports.. get coached up by Richt and Grantham.. Go Dawgs !!

Destin Dawg

November 7th, 2011
8:07 am

Saban runs in 3 / 4 year streaks.. its over at Alabama

LSUanybody?

November 7th, 2011
8:12 am

Destin Dawg- you’re right, all Bama’s best players graduate or will go pro. Saban probably already has his bags packed.

The Game

November 7th, 2011
8:21 am

Coach Ball has done a great job coaching up UGA’s receivers. Look at how ready AJ Green was for the NFL than Julio Jones. Nobody has been able to cover Malcom Mitchell this year. Tibbs will be unstoppable with Ball coaching him up.

B'dawg

November 7th, 2011
8:38 am

Its great to be a Georgia Bulldog! Life is good.

JAWJeRDAWG

November 7th, 2011
8:48 am

Blake Tibbs, thank you for your commitment to UGA!

Glad you’re 100 % committed; with your athletic skills, you’ll be a good ‘un.

And, Kenderius Whitehead, hope you also commit to UGA; you won’t be disappointed!

And if you’re looking forward to furthering your playing skills and opportunity beyond college, you’ll definitely benefit from playing under Coach Grantham and staff, and UGA will give your family and frields an easy opportunity to see you play close to home.

Good luck to both you young men, both in the classroom and on the gridiron! …

Go Dawgs! and let’s beat the Auburn Tigers and move forward towards the SEC Championship Game!

JAWJeRDAWG

November 7th, 2011
8:52 am

correction: family and friends

Dave the Gamecock

November 7th, 2011
9:02 am

Gamecocks will still win the SEC East.
We will beat the Gators – Dogs will choke against Auburn

Whitehead to Clemson – Dogs are dreaming – they got in too late for him.
Tibbs is a great player – should have been a Gamecock!

Al Syallis

November 7th, 2011
9:08 am

Cocks come up limp vs. Hogs. Expect more performance anxiety against the Gators. Garcia left ‘em hanging.

Proud-Dawg

November 7th, 2011
9:11 am

@Dave….There is something to be said when a crowd is saying “let’s go Cocks.” Sounds like they are begging for an STD. I always laugh when I hear that chant. But we shall see next week. I think Florida runs you out of your own building, Aubie/UGA is a toss up

DawgInaTruck

November 7th, 2011
9:12 am

The Chicken Curse is right on time as usual.

Just Saying

November 7th, 2011
9:31 am

How did one player beat all those D-1 prospects at Stephenson, they have 30 D-1 prospects according to the AJC. Good grief, Tibbs is evidently a human highlight, a one man wrecking crew, a dominating talent capable of unbelievable feats. Young Mr Whitehead is a native of Athens, a cousin of former Dawg and NFL DE Quenton Moses. Anyone who watches the Georgia defense recognizes the scheme is very flexible based upon circumstances and opponent, Whitehead would have ample opportunity to play with his hand on the ground or coming off the edge from the OLB position. Any young man who wants to be the best must play the best, there is no debate that the best college football is played in the SEC.

Destin Dawg

November 7th, 2011
9:42 am

Spurrier is 66 has just bought new golf clubs…. Chickens fold again.. then the old ball coach retires… .. with Muschamp @ Fla.. we will rule the SEC. East .. Go Dawgs.. just beat Auburn !!

tide roll

November 7th, 2011
9:43 am

Did you guys hear? UGA’S second team offensive line has formed a singing group. It’s true. Their name? “The Five Marshmellows”. Note to McGarity: DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT, extend Richt’s contract until he shows the capacity to sign and play SEC caliber offensive lineman. If you go into next year with that group of private schoolers while playing a big boy schedule, your’re guaranteed to be mediocre as usual. What a program. Do you really want to win?!

tide roll

November 7th, 2011
9:47 am

If I was Crowell, I would quit before risking my future running behind the “Five Marshmellows” next year

G-Dawg

November 7th, 2011
9:50 am

Tibbs will guaranteed to get PT as a true fresh!!

Tide Wide Right

November 7th, 2011
9:51 am

Bama’s offense in summary: QB arrives in 2010 tricked out $40K Tahoe, then hands, throws, pitch’s the football to Richardson who drove to game in 2011 $40K Tahoe.

JB

November 7th, 2011
10:13 am

Bama will be home watching Dawgs play in the Dome for the SECC….How ironic. Bama starts 8 seniors this year and about 9 juniors, whom 3-4 will declare, thus lose about 12 starters. Remax agent seen visiting Mrs. Saban this morning. Will Nick Take his 4 year magic to Texas next for 7 mil a year? Hook’em horns.

Flo-Ri-Duh

November 7th, 2011
10:22 am

To Rolled Tide – Saban’s reign is done. Miles has shown that Saban is human. They could not even get close to scoring ONE TD in the game of the century and were terrible in over time. Face it. The Mad Hatter out coached Saban in his own back yard. SIX POINTS! PITIFUL! That great O-line has under achieved this year . Bama has a great defense but LSU has a better team.

The Game

November 7th, 2011
10:27 am

Spurrier hasn’t won anything in 11 years. He’s only 28-27 in the SEC at Carolina and he further tarnishes his legacy with each mediocre year. He’ll be 70 years old when this years recruits graduate and he’ll lose to Florida and Clemson to end the year. Does he need the money that bad?

Frank Lane

November 7th, 2011
10:34 am

His leadership is what impresses me.

JB

November 7th, 2011
10:36 am

Spurrier was hoping to seal his legacy by winning “something” at Carolina and have people say, “He must be great, he won___________at Carolina”….He is a good coach, But me thinks he could of been more patient and ended up somewhere that would of given him a better shot at winning some type of Conference title or something. He has improved Carolina, but not to the point of anything special….And he’s beat the Dawgs the last 2 years because He’s had his best teams and the Dawgs have been nothing special the last 2 years.

Les Miles

November 7th, 2011
10:39 am

Bammer’s boyz on the Oline were so weak that we could have pulled our team off the field and it still would have taken them 3 plays to score. Reminded me of playing the Jackets in the Peach Bowl.

Falcon Fan

November 7th, 2011
10:47 am

Just watched a highlight on Kenterius, the dude has a motor! he was running all over the field making plays. I believe he’s perfectly suited for the 3-4 outside linebacker. he could play with his hand on the ground but his talents are probably best suited, running around and making plays all over the field!

It's OK

November 7th, 2011
10:48 am

“The Game” – It’s his ego. Spurrier can’t stand the idea of his not being just the greatest. He was good at FL because he had so much talent in state, but at SC, not the case. He has the biggest ego of any coach I have seen, and a jerk to boot. How many QB’s has he ruined? It’s his ego, he thinks he knows it all. His true ability is showing up – finally – because he has relied on reputation up to now.

Congratulations to Tibbs and looking forward to seeing him in red and black next year. I agree with those posters that Whitehead should let Grantham get him ready for the NFL. Both these young men will play on Sunday’s.

ATL Fan

November 7th, 2011
10:49 am

Mr. Kenderius Whitehead,
Ever heard of DeMarcus Ware?

Hire Buck Belue

November 7th, 2011
10:51 am

Ball has done a great job as receivers coach. Do you all remember the last receivers coach? I can’t recall his name, but we all begged Richt to let him go. We were right. Then Willie Martinez. We begged, we were right. Strength and Conditioning…. we were right.

Now, Offensive Coordinator….

Worm

November 7th, 2011
10:51 am

TideRoll, Surprised you showed today..Heisman hopeful RB behind that OL and you put up 6..West Virginia gave a better account for themselves.

NFL

November 7th, 2011
10:53 am

If Trent Richardson is smart, he’ll go pro so he can play behind a real offensive line. No pro prospects on that line.

JB

November 7th, 2011
10:54 am

Dawgs should have 16 starters back next year and 10-12 will lot’s of playing time. Another year in the weight room. I think Mark will have a good team next year and win 10-11 games. Looks like he’ll win 10 this year. How do you fire a guy winning 10 then 10 next year in the SEC?

Hire Buck Belue

November 7th, 2011
10:59 am

Boise is talking ultimate BCS chaos.

UGA wins SEC Championship and gets one of the two allowed BCS invites from our conference. Alabama can’t go to the championship because of the precedence set in 2007 when UGA was refused the chance to play for the BCS title because a team can not play for the title if theydidn’t “win their own conference”.

Sweetness. A rematch with Boise seems unlikely, but wouldn’t it be grand? :-)

NFL

November 7th, 2011
11:06 am

If nobody goes pro early for Georgia next year they’ll be loaded. Rambo, Charles, Jones, Washington, and Geathers are all candidates.

Dawg Fan80

November 7th, 2011
11:12 am

That dominating alabama line grinded out 2 field goals.

Rampdawg

November 7th, 2011
11:16 am

No Tide Roll, but I did hear the Tide has formed a new group. It’s called “Sweet Nick and the Five
Flops” There motto:

We be singahs, not blockahs

Bill Stanfill

November 7th, 2011
11:20 am

Tide Roll-

Alabama fans commenting on any team’s offense or offensive players looks pretty lame right now.

The Tide offense looked woefully unprepared for LSU’s defense. And the play-calling was extremely prredictable.

Rampdawg

November 7th, 2011
11:22 am

…………and by the way Tide Roll, we all know you are a Tech flag boy. .