Ga. WR Eying UNC Visit

Kenderious Whitehead may not be the only 2012 prospect from Lithonia (Ga.) King to officially visit North Carolina.

UNC has also offered Whitehead's teammate Blake Tibbs a scholarship and the 6-foot-1, 167-pound wide receiver has reciprocated the interest.

"I really have a high interest level in the Tar Heels – I really have a high level of interest in any school that's interested in me still," Tibbs said. "So I'm really interested in getting down there.

"I talked to Whitehead [on Monday], he told me he liked the environment [and] that he liked the atmosphere. I'm just really waiting to see it myself. [Our conversation] made me real eager to go down there and see what's so fun and see why he had such a good time."

Like Whitehead, Tibbs says he'll likely use an official trip to visit UNC. Unlike Whitehead, Tibbs might have to wait until after the football season to make that trip.

"I'm trying to see when would be a good day, because we had a first week bye," Tibbs said. "We don't have any more bye weeks, so I really have to set a date when I'm going to be free. But I'm going to definitely make sure I get down there." For the last few months, Tibbs has listed Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, and Southern Miss as his top four schools. However, changes in attention have altered that list.

"I haven't really talked to Arkansas in a while, so it's really just UGa, Southern Miss, Kentucky, and North Carolina," Tibbs said. "They are my top four, right now. They're the four that are most interested in me, right now. Schools that show interest in me, I'm going to show interest in them."

Of his current top four schools, UNC is the lone school Tibbs hasn't visited. However, he plans to officially visit all four at some point during his recruitment – likely following the conclusion of his football season.

"I just want to make sure it's an environment for me, because when I visited Georgia and Kentucky [previously], I was down there with Demarco Robinson so it was mainly for him," Tibbs said. "He really got shown around. So I want to see what it's like for me, not for somebody else."

Robinson, a former teammate of Tibbs', went on to sign with Kentucky.

Tibbs says he could make a verbal commitment before concluding his official visit schedule.

"I've been thinking a lot, because this whole process is stressful," Tibbs said. "I don't want to make a decision too soon, but I don't want to wait too long."

Although Georgia is perceived to be the leader, Tibbs says that's not the case.

"Everybody is in the same boat," Tibbs said. "I don't really have a favorite out of my top four. I don't have anybody that stands out right now."

About a month ago, UNC made scholarship offer to Tibbs.

"I was a little surprised," Tibbs said. "When my coach told me North Carolina had offered, I was like, ‘North Carolina? I haven't really been talking to them Coach.' But he was like, ‘Well, they offered still.' But when I heard from Coach [Charlie] Williams, he confirmed it."

Since that initial conversation, Tibbs says he and Williams, UNC's wide receivers coach, speak weekly.

"He's just really keeping in contact," Tibbs said. "He asks me how I did in my game, and he tells me how he really wants me to get down there and see how everything is going – nothing real big. He told me he wants somebody that can make plays and he said that he thinks I can fit into their system right away."

Tibbs ended his junior season with 60 receptions for 1,059 yards and eight touchdowns. Thus far this season, six of his catches went for scores as King is 3-0.

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