When the University of Georgia sent out a scholarship offer to wide receiver Blake Tibbs (Lithonia, Ga./Martin Luther King), the young wideout was relatively unknown compared to the other receivers the Bulldogs had offered. Many of them had more offers from more prestigious schools, but Tibbs was unfazed by being considered late to the recruiting game.
He knew his time would come. Shortly after his Georgia offer, Tibbs committed to the Bulldogs.
"I think I was overshadowed last year by our outstanding wide receiver Demarco Robinson," Tibbs said. "Little did people know that I had over 1,000 yards last year. Mostly people just knew about Demarco last season."
Tibbs accumulated those yards on 60 receptions, with eight touchdowns and one rushing touchdown. He also scored on a kickoff return.
Those numbers as a junior impressed the Georgia coaches, as did his performance at a Bulldogs camp in July.
"[Wide receivers] coach [Tony] Ball sat me down at the Dawg Night camp and said that if there was any receiver he wanted to give a scholarship to it would be me," Tibbs said. "It came around and he stuck to his word."
After waiting his turn behind Robinson and Kevin Byard, Tibbs took over the primary receiver role as well as kick return duties for the Lions this season.
"I play mostly everything on special teams, as far as returns," said Tibbs, whose Lions are undefeated through eight games. He so far has 10 touchdowns on the year, nine receiving and one rushing.
The 6-foot-1, 170-pound senior expects to enroll at Georgia no matter what might happen to the Bulldogs coaching staff.
“I got my SAT score in yesterday and I scored more than I needed to qualify,” Tibbs said. “Georgia is still going to be Georgia, wins or losses, or who the coaches are -- period. I will still stick with Georgia.”
Not that Tibbs is expecting to play for anyone else. In fact, he really likes the Bulldogs' chances against the Florida Gators this weekend in Jacksonville.
"We got a pretty good running game, so I say three rushing touchdowns and two passing," Tibbs predicted. "Field goals? We don’t like field goals, but I will throw two in there ... for Florida. I give them two field goals."