- Erik McKinney, ESPN Staff Writer
It has truly been a 180-degree turn for Yuma (Ariz.) Arizona Western tight end Emmanuel Bibbs. A former Iowa Hawkeyes commit and academic casualty out of high school, the 6-foot-3, 240-pound junior college athlete will now give it a go as an Iowa State Cyclone in good academic standing.
"They talked to me four or five days ago and finally offered me," Bibbs said of Iowa State. "I went out for a visit [on Tuesday] to look around and it was amazing. I enjoyed every bit of what Iowa State had to offer to be a student there. And it is a great opportunity to play football. I felt welcomed and at home there."
Bibbs said everything felt good enough to make an immediate commitment, which necessitated a call home. Originally from Chicago, Bibbs knew the idea of coming back closer to his family would be welcomed news.
"It has always been my dad's dream to see me play college football," he said. "He's pretty pumped for me and I knew it would put a smile on his and my mom's faces."
Bibbs said it has always been a dream of his to play football at Iowa State, but the Cyclones never offered him out of high school. A commitment to Iowa was followed by a greyshirt year as his academics kept him from enrolling.
"I was really immature and didn't take care of first base, which is academics," Bibbs said. "I came down to Arizona Western and was able to take care of first base, and I think it's pretty awesome that now I have this opportunity."
He also held offers from Arkansas, Memphis, San Diego State and Texas Tech. Bibbs will graduate in December and enroll at Iowa State in time for spring ball, where he will have two years to play two.