Illini Offer Running Back Kapri Bibbs

In recent years, the Fighting Illini football team has featured tremendous running backs, including current NFL players Pierre Thomas and Rashard Mendenhall. The coaches are looking for the next running back to continue a high level of success. Kapri Bibbs might just be that running back.

Plainfield (IL) North's Kapri Bibbs has always known he was going to play college football.

"I knew since I was a little kid. I was always more talented than all the other kids. I played on several successful youth teams. On one of my teams, we went 48-0 in my four years on the team. We went down to Florida and won championships too."

The 5'-10", 200 pound back is being actively recruited by a number of schools.

"Illinois, Wisconsin, Purdue, Michigan State, Northwestern, Toledo, Northern Illinois, Western Michigan, Northern Iowa, and Ohio are recruiting me. Every school is looking at me as a running back. Toledo and Illinois have offered. Coach (Paul) Petrino told me an offer is on the way."

"I want to go to a winning program. I'll find a way to play and work as hard as I need to in order to play. Winning in the most important thing."

Petrino is trying to sell Bibbs on the Fighting Illini.

"Coach Petrino says I'm a good player and would be a great fit at Illinois. He didn't tell me much about the offense he runs, but he wants me to come down for a visit to watch film on the offense and see how they run things."

"I won't be visiting for a junior day. I don't like junior days because the coaches are too busy bouncing around between players. I don't feel like I'm getting the one-on-one time with the coaches that I need. I want to get to know the coaches personally and see how they are one-on-one. I also want to be able to ask any questions I have."

Bibbs has visited a few schools already, including Illinois

"I've been to Illinois three times or so just checking out the school itself. I've been to Northwestern twice, once for a bowl practice and another time for a one-on-one visit. I've also been to Toledo and Northern Illinois."

The talented back is having a busy offseason.

"I'm in the weight room, but I'm also doing track. I run the 100, 200, and 4 x 100 relay. I want to work on my pass blocking this offseason."

Bibbs feels there is one part of his game that separates him from other players.

"I feel like my vision is where I excel. I can see the holes faster than probably anyone in the state."

Plainfield North only opened five years ago, so building a football program has been a slow process. The White Tigers made school history last fall riding on Bibbs' back.

"We went to the playoffs for the first time in school history. I was the running back and kick returner. I feel like we need to grow to be fearless and play with more heart. We were intimidated going up against St. Rita in the first round.

"The conference last season was crazy. The number one spot was going back and forth between five teams or so. In the end, three teams made it to the playoffs, including us. I think Plainfield Central and Romeoville missed out by one game."

Bibbs has been the starting varsity running back since his freshman year.

"I came to the school two weeks before the season began my freshman year. I was starting on varsity before the first game."

Bibbs has a bold prediction for next season.

"I think hands down we'll win the conference. I'm not a big fan of losing. It's not in my mindset."

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