December 17, 2011

Tibbs a rising star



During the recruiting season, there are risers and fallers when it comes to rankings.

Martin Luther Kind wide receiver Blake Tibbs has been one of the most impressive risers in the 2012 class, and many have noticed as the Georgia commit received his fourth star in Rivals.com's latest rankings.

Tibbs made the trip to Athens last weekend for the Football Gala, but the visit not an experience as a recruit, but as a member of the team.

"Just being there was like being at home and being one of the boys," he said. "I had a player host and everything, but I felt like I was there as a Georgia Bulldog. I was sneaking around talking to the recruits and stuff. I was just letting them know how great it is to be in this family."

Tibbs' host was Christian Conley, and Conley had an impressive freshman campaign with a few huge catches.

Tibbs believes he has the ability to make that kind of impact as well.

"I'm not going to be cocky or anything, but I know I can come in and make plays with these guys," he said. "If the coaches put me out there and expect me to make plays, that is what I'm going to do."

With Tibbs working hard on the prospects that weren't already committed to Georgia, he noticed a couple of guys in particular.

"I got a chance to hang out with Avery (Young) and Brandon (Greene), and those are some impressive guys," said Tibbs. "Both of them are just so huge, but they are really solid guys. They look like they can get much bigger too."

The star wide out also noticed how both of those UGA targets, especially Greene, were having a great time.

"Both of them were living it up really," he said. "I know Greene had a really good visit, and I'll be honest. I think he might have a change of heart."

Tibbs was arguably the top wide receiver in Georgia for 2011 as he compiled 1,090 yards on 67 catches en route to scoring 15 touchdowns receiving.
He also added a touchdown rushing and two kick returns that went the distance.

Tibbs 2011 performance is a big reason why the Lions earned a Region 2-AAAAA Championship and a 12-1 season that ended in the quarterfinals of the GHSA state playoffs.

In final game of the regular season, ML King squared off with Stephenson for the region championship.

Tibbs had a tremendous performance with nine catches for 166 and five total touchdowns, but a new name on Georgia's recruiting board was on the other side keeping Stephenson in the game.

Running back Mike Davis had a huge game and scored what looked to be the game-winning touchdown until Tibbs scored on a kick return with only a few seconds left to seal the deal for the Lions.

With Davis' recent decommitment from Florida and emergence as a Georgia target, Tibbs is hoping to get the star running back in Athens.

"Anyone who could land Mike is going to be lucky," he said. "I think that with me and him on the field in the future, we would be a great offense. If we could get him it would just be so huge for us. We have to get him in here."

When it comes to the next few months, Tibbs is taking it day by day and focusing on the next challenge at hand - The Offense/Defense All American Bowl in Dallas on December 29.

"I'll be leaving on December 26 and going out there," he said. "I'm just going to go out there and show them what I can do.

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