Mr. Tibbs

While NEO defensive end standout Chris Wade (6-6, 255) could make a big impact on defense next season at Arkansas, the Razorbacks are also high on Golden Norse offensive lineman Lee Tibbs (6-4, 300), who will lead his team against Trinity Valley CC and UA defensive line commit Freddie Barnett (6-3, 300) on Saturday.

They call me Mr. Tibbs.

One can just envision Northeastern Oklahoma A&M offensive linemen Lee Tibbs (6-4, 300) breaking out that famous movie line spoken by Sidney Poitier just seconds after delivering a pancake block.

That's something he has done plenty of this season and is one of the reasons the University of Arkansas has a great deal of interest in the former Oklahoma City Douglass prep star who was on hand for an unofficial visit at the Razorbacks' home game with South Carolina.

"What they have over here is very nice," Tibbs said. "I've really enjoyed getting to see it all and it's a place I think I could be very happy at in college if its where I end up."

Tibbs and No. 6 NEO (8-2), coming off a 41-10 win over Cisco last week in semifinal round playoff action, play at No. 16 Trinity Valley (Texas) Community College (7-3) this Saturday at 2 p.m. for the Southwest Junior College Football Conference Championship.

That means Tibbs is likely to find himself matched up a few times with UA commit and Trinity Valley defensive tackle Freddie Barnett as the Golden Norse go for the fifth straight win against a Cardinals squad that downed Blinn 30-27 in overtime last weekend.

"We have been playing really well late and I think our offensive line has been a big part of that," said Tibbs, whose team like Trinity Valley is guaranteed a bowl game. "We have really been getting some things done."

While Arkansas had not yet given him an offer, speculation is that they are close to doing so and the Razorbacks would join four others that Tibbs says has offered.

"Arkansas is still in great shape with me, but I do also have LSU, Kansas, and New Mexico who have offered me now and are working me hard," Tibbs said. "I'm probably going to take visits to all of those schools and just see which is the best one for me."

Tibbs is teammates with UA prospect Chris Wade (6-6, 255), a defensive end who has made it clear that Arkansas is at the top of his list but who is out with a meniscus tear.

Wade has a visit set for Arkansas on Dec. 2-4 and Tibbs may also come at that time.

One of the positives about Tibbs is his versatility to play either the guard and tackle spots.

"I played guard last year and now I am playing tackle," Tibbs said. "That has helped me out in several aspects. I can play either one now and I know that will be a help to my new offensive line."

He is a big man that is praised for his nimbleness.

"My coaches say the way I move my feet is the main strength I have," Tibbs said. "They say I move like a defensive lineman. I like to say I move like a running back."

"I need to get a little bit stronger because I know when I go to the next level there are going to be some big boys up there," Tibbs added. "I am benching about 385, but I want to get to about 400 soon. That'd be straight. That'd be cool."

Obviously with two years left, Tibbs is not looking to go to to a place where he would be tucked away on the bench.

"A big aspect for a junior college guy is coming in and playing right away," Tibbs said. "We've had a conversation about that. I need to go somewhere where I can be ready to play right away."


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