JUCO tight end chooses the Cyclones

By Chris Williams, PublisherFollow Chris on Twitter @ChrisMWilliams  

Iowa State has added a junior college tight end to its 2013 recruiting class.

Emmanuel Bibbs, whose profile lists at 6-foot-3, 245-pounds, took an unofficial visit to Iowa State on Tuesday and did not hesitate to pull the trigger.

"I committed in a heartbeat," Bibbs told on Wednesday morning. "It was just a great experience for me. I just fell in love with it. It was pretty overwhelming."

Bibbs originally hails from Bogan High School in Illinois. Bibbs reportedly committed to the University of Iowa out of high school but ended up attending Western Arizona C.C. (According to’s Paul Clark, Bibbs spent one semester as a grayshirt at Iowa which means he wasn’t a full-time student). According to, Bibbs claims offers from: Iowa State, Arkansas, Texas Tech, Memphis, San Diego State, Western Michigan and Northern Iowa.

"When Iowa State told me that they wanted to offer me, I got pretty excited because it is close to home," said Bibbs. "I always wanted to play football back at home. When they offered me that scholarship, I had to take advantage of it."

Bibbs said that along with his family living in Chicago that he has a girlfriend in Iowa City. Bibbs said that he was one of Western Arizona’s team captains in 2011.

"I am a player who will give you 100 percent every time that I step on the field," said Bibbs. "I just love playing football. I give it everything I have when I step on that grass. I think I’m a leader too."

As of now, the plan is for Bibbs to graduate from Western Arizona in December and attend Iowa State in the spring of 2013. Bibbs said that he plans to go work out in Las Vegas with a personal trainer before returning to Arizona for his sophomore season in July.

Chris Williams


Chris was hired as Cyclone Fanatic’s publisher in the fall of 2009. He is Iowa State football's postgame show host on the Cyclone Radio Network and can be heard daily from 4-7 on Des Moines' top-rated sports station, 1460 KXnO. Williams, a 2007 graduate of Iowa State’s Greenlee School of Journalism, is the former publisher of the old ( He has also written for the Des Moines Register, the Ames Tribune, and is the former sports director at KMA Radio. When Williams isn’t working, you can usually find him doing something outdoors with his wife Ashley, daughter Camryn, and Golden Retriever Dierks. He enjoys golfing, boating, country music, the Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Braves and is passionate about any and all motor sports so finding Williams at a local dirt track is very common.