Lockdown Corner

Arkansas, Mississippi State and Alabama are all involved with Atlanta (Ga.) Booker T. Washington cornerback Michael Bibbs (6-3, 210, 4.42), but it is the Razorbacks that are leading the pack right now.

There are three teams now involved with talented Atlanta (Ga.) Booker T. Washington standout cornerback Michael Bibbs, but he says one stands out.

"Arkansas is it for me," Bibbs said. "They are definitely my leader. The coach that is recruiting me (Tracy Rocker) is very real. When he looks you in the eye and tells you something, I get the sense that he understands I want to be a great player and a great person and he came help me become both."

Bibbs (6-3, 210, 4.42) will visit Mississippi State this weekend and then arrive with Booker T. Washington offensive lineman George "Duke" Robinson (6-6, 330) for an official visit to Arkansas on Jan. 21-23.

The tall cornerback, who put on 10 pounds of muscle while lowering his 40 time this past season, may also visit Alabama on Jan. 28-30, but that visit is still being discussed.

"Alabama came by my school and talked to my coach and want me to visit, but I am not sure whether I will or not," Bibbs said. "I'm really all about Arkansas right now."

Bibbs had 72 tackles this season and 7 interceptions during a 14-1 season that ended with a loss to Ware Co. in the state championship game.

"I can play the run as well, but I think my coverage skills and speed are my strengths," Bibbs said. "All the coaches tell me that my height and speed give me a chance to be a real lockdown cover corner in college."

Bibbs lives with wideout Ramon "Ray Ray" McElrathbey, a soft Clemson commit who visited Arkansas back in December.

McElrathbey has also visited Tulane and will actually visit Clemson this weekend, a place he verbaled to early on without actually touring.

"We have talked about playing together at Arkansas," Bibbs said. "But I would say he is about 60 percent Clemson and 40 percent Arkansas going into his visit. He's about Clemson the way I am about Arkansas."

McElrathbey said Wednesday night that this weekend will tell the story for him.

"I am still committed to Clemson going into my visit," McElrathbey said. "But I will just have to see if it's what I think it is. I must tell you Arkansas was nothing like I thought it would be and that's a great compliment to Arkansas. They had great facilities and great coaches and Fayetteville is a great place. People ask me why I visited and I tell you have no idea just how good things are there."

Bibbs. also an outstanding basketball player, is anxious to see that for himself.

"Ray has talked about how great it is and the coaches have made me feel very wanted and like it is a place I could really feel comfortable at," Bibbs said. "I'll go see Mississippi State this weekend and then see what Arkansas is all about."


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