The last time the Cyclones dipped into the Mississippi junior college ranks for a linebacker they landed Tim Dobbins. Obviously, after a career that saw him make All-Big 12 and the NFL's San Diego Chargers, that worked out well for both parties. Michael Bibbs, who like Dobbins is also a Copiah-Lincoln alum, is hoping to follow in Dobbin's sizeable footsteps. The Scout.com 3-star prospect was a top-10 prospect in Georgia coming out of high school, and he will challenge for immediate playing time on defense this fall. CN talked to him and his coach, Glenn Davis, about what the Cyclones should expect when he arrives on campus this summer.
CN: You had several other offers, why did you sign with Iowa State?
Bibbs: I became a Cyclone because I felt at home. I connected with Coach Farrar, Coach Bolt and Coach Chizik. I also enjoyed being hosted by Alvin Bowen. I visited ISU mid-January and it excites me that I feel like I'm already part of the program and can visualize myself on the field.
CN: What other schools did you consider?
Bibbs: I considered West Virginia, Louisville, Ole Miss, and Mississippi State but I made the right decision and my family is also very supportive of my decision to come to Iowa State. My current coaching staff also thinks very highly of the staff at Iowa State.
CN: You were a top prospect coming out of high school. Where did you originally sign?
Bibbs: I did sign with the University of Arkansas out of high school but that didn't work out.
CN: Tell us about your junior college career.
Bibbs: I had a great fall at Copiah-Lincoln. I had 73 solo tackles and 23 assists. My proudest moment this fall, however, was becoming a better academic student. I look forward to majoring in sociology at Iowa State
CN: What have the ISU coaches told you to work on before you arrive on campus?
Bibbs: I'm currently working on my technique and fundamentals so I can make a contribution next fall.
CN: Coach Davis, give us your scouting report on Michael.
Davis: Michael is very athletic. He plays like a defensive back in a linebacker's body. His presence on the field meant we didn't need another defensive back in passing situations. He often covered the other teams top receiver. His athleticism is a strength. He will be an outstanding Division I player. I will be very surprised if he is not playing on TV one day. I have given him advice that everything will get bigger and faster. He has played in a fast league so that won't be that big of a jump. Michael's freshman year he played wide receiver. We moved him to outside linebacker about mid-season because of injuries. We were playing defensively against a very athletic quarterback and he went out there and made open field tackles against this kid all night. I told our staff that I had screwed him by having him on offense.
Bibbs was one of 9 Copiah-Lincoln players to sign with Division I teams on National Signing Day. He ran an electronically-timed 4.42/40-yard dash while at Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta, Georgia.