July 25, 2010

Bibbs is in the boat

Colorado State's recruiting efforts in the Chicagoland area bore more fruit today as Plainfield North High School running back Kapri Bibbs made his commitment to CSU official. Bibbs is a 5-foot-11, 198-pound running back who is the Rams' fifth known commitment in the recruiting class of 2011.

Bibbs is also the second Chicagoland prospect to commit to CSU since Friday, as Lincoln Way East linebacker Pat Meehan offered his verbal pledge on Friday.

"It felt so right about everything," Bibbs said Sunday night about his recruitment to Colorado State. "My mom, my dad and I sat down and talked about everything and Coach (CSU offensive coordinator Pat Meyer) was saying it was real nice there and he was being truthful to us - and you don't get that from everyone. So I thought that was a good time to commit. It says to me that I am trusting them to keep their word, they are trusting me to keep mine and it was time to make my decision."

Bibbs said he knew Colorado State was the right school for him soon after he was offered a scholarship, but chose to hold off on a commitment until he could research the Rams. He said his goal is to play in the National Football League and wanted to get an idea of how many players the Rams sent to the NFL, the attendance of their home games and what the area was like. This morning, he said he called Meyer and offered his pledge.

"I committed to the offensive coordinator, Pat Meyer," Bibbs said. "He went to Coach Fairchild and they were happy and everything. It was more like, 'we are going to use you and be a great team with you.' It was that type of reaction."

Bibbs said he and his family had hoped to make their annual trip to Colorado this summer, but it was bumped. He said he has family in the Denver-area, which he goes out to see each summer for a family reunion. His assessment of the Centennial State was succinct, "It (Colorado) is the best ever - that is the best I have to say," Bibbs said.

Bibbs selected Colorado State over offers from Illinois State and Toledo. Last season Bibbs gained 1,556 yards and 23 touchdowns as a Junior. The running back said he has run a 4.37 time in the 40-yard dash, holds a 350-pound bench press max and a squat of 540.

"The most important thing I bring is my vision," he said. "I can see the hole quicker than anybody else playing the game. I don't know to sound arrogant, but I can see the hole between the guards and tackles, can get around the corner and run over people too.

"When I come there and I get a chance to carry the rock, we are going to roll and win a lot of games. That is what I am all about," he continued.

Bibbs caught the eyes of Colorado State recruiters last year when the Rams were recruiting fellow Plainfield North running back Jacob Arnold. Arnold didn't end up in Fort Collins, but it did give the Rams the opportunity to see Bibbs.

"They (CSU coaches) saw me and told me every great player has to be seen," Bibbs said. "When they got film on me, they came out and pulled out a chair."

Bibbs hopes to major in Kinesiology in hopes of being a personal trainer and start a gym franchise. He said he has previously thought of majoring in teaching in an effort of getting into coaching. He said he was unaware of his grade-point average and plans to take the SAT in Sept., however he said he should be a full academic qualifier.

"I just need to go out and not mess up," he said. "And I don't plan on it."

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