Kelly Lyell of the Coloradoan recently profiled Bibbs' journey, and the young man is proud of his progress and excited about the opportunity to work with the CSU staff:
"I love the staff that they had before, but now you've got the ‘Bama coach, Coach McElwain, he just came in and all of his guys," Bibbs said. "They coached Trent Richardson, one of the greatest running backs to ever play the game at the college level. With where I'm at now, and with their help, I've got a feeling they can transform me into a much better player than I already am."
As Lyell notes, Bibbs flashed "4.3-second speed in the 40-yard dash" and he ran for a total of 4,210 yards and 61 touchdowns in his final two seasons at Plainfield North High School in Chicago. Bibbs told also made to sure emphasize his dedication to the CSU progream: "I'm 100 percent sure I'll be in Fort Collins this fall...getting ready to start up in the spring."
The gem of the 2011 Colorado State recruiting class was recording setting running back Kapri Bibbs, but he failed to qualify academically so Bibbs will not be a Ram come this fall. Bibbs now intends to enroll this fall at Snow College in order to improve his grades, so that he can eventually make his way back to Colorado State.
Since Bibbs did not qualify due to a low ACT score, the NCAA requires that such athletes must earn an associates degree before they can attend a division one school. That means unless Bibbs earns his degree in one year instead of two he most likely will be a junior before he is able to play for Colorado State in 2013.
It is assumed that Bibbs will suit up and play football for Snow College, who is a perennial junior college power. There is reason for Colorado State to be concerned since Bibbs will be able to be recruited again.
The Colorado State Rams football team lost a potential star on Thursday when Kapri Bibbs announced that he will attend a junior college for the upcoming academic year, reports Nick Groke of the Denver Post. However, he still plans on sticking with his commitment to the Rams and will enroll in 2012.
As the Post reports, Bibbs' ACT score did not meet school requirements, so he is headed to a junior college. The Postspeculates that somewhere in Utah is likely.
According to his profile on the CSU football page (check it out while it's still there), Bibbs was recruited by Pitt, Illinois, Purdue, UCLA, Tennessee, Colorado, Wyoming, Northern Illinois, Ball State and Toledo, but ultimately chose the Rams.
Though he wowed recruiters with his game at Plainfield North High School in Illinois, Bibbs was born in Colorado Springs. The Chicago Sun-Times has more on the 520-yard, seven-touchdown performance the Post article mentions.
The Rams will still look to sophomore quarterback Pete Thomas to improve on his freshman season while senior Raymond Carter is expected to shoulder the load in the backfield.