January 8, 2011

Not going anywhere

He might not be a nationally ranked running back, but it's unlikely there's a prospect from Colorado State's 2011 recruiting class than any fan is more excited about than Plainfield (Ill.) North's Kapri Bibbs.

Bibbs, who currently stands at 5-foot-11, 206 pounds, rushed for 2,778 yards and 40 touchdowns in nine games as a senior in 2010. His efforts have garnered him late-season attention from schools like Texas, UCLA and Pittsburgh. However, Bibbs is staying committed to CSU and there doesn't appear to be anything that can change his mind.

"A lot of college were asking me if they offered, whether or not I'd change my mind, but I told them the offer pretty much wouldn't mean anything because I'm set already so I didn't want them to waste their offer," Bibbs said.

Even with Bibbs staying true to his commitment he made back on July 25, 2010, it's hard not to wonder why there's a desire to play for a Rams team that has finished back-to-back seasons with a 3-9 record.

For Bibbs, the answer is simple.

"You can tell that CSU can be a good team, but they don't have that guy yet at the running back spot and I want to be that guy for them," Said Bibbs, who reportedly runs a 4.34 40-yard dash. "CSU runs the ball a lot and goes up against tough opponents - Boise State is in their conference and so is TCU - and basically I want to go out against these stellar teams and take the Rams to the top.

"Me and quarterback Pete Thomas, I think we can take the program to the top."

The Chicagoland prospect will be entering a CSU backfield next season that returns senior Raymond Carter and sophomores Chris Nwoke and Tony Drake. On top of the returning players in the Rams' backfield, four running backs from the class of 2011 have committed to playing in Fort Collins next season.

Bibbs, who wouldn't mind playing as a true freshman, says he's not worried about a little competition, but added he thinks other players will be switching positions.

"Competition has not been a problem for me, my competitive nature is probably better than any of those guys," he said. "As for the other running backs, they're not traditional backs. I talked to the coaches and nine times out of 10, they said those other running backs may move to linebacker. I think Dorian Brown is switching and other guys can switch to receiver."

Bibbs plans on majoring in kinesiology at CSU, but also has an interest in communications studies, and said qualifying shouldn't be a problem, as he has already scored a 23 on his ACT.

"My ACT is good, so I'm just trying to square away my final grades right now and everything is looking good," Bibbs said. "I just can't get senioritis."

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