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.
“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.
“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.
– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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