By Jackson Moore
The Fresno State Bulldogs added yet another commitment after National Signing Day on Tuesday - this one coming at quarterback. Three-star QB Blaze McKibbin of Anaheim (Calif.) Servite High School announced he would the next Bulldog at the position.
McKibbin held scholarship offers from Cincinnati, Nevada, San Jose State and Louisiana (Lafayette) through the recruiting process. He also held interest from Louisville and officially visited in January. McKibbin's recruitment reached its conclusion after a stop at Fresno State.
"Ultimately it kind of felt like home to me," McKibbin said. "Coach Langsdorf and Coach Tedford, they really speak for themselves with their backgrounds and their portfolios. I really just admired the blue-collar atmosphere at Fresno State and the college town it is."
And the attraction to play for Bulldog Head Coach Jeff Tedford was a big draw for the aspiring quarterback. McKibbin also credited Fresno State's new quarterbacks coach Danny Langsdorf as a big part of his recruitment. Langsdorf 's addition puts another QB specialist to the staff, credited with producing NFL quarterbacks like Sean Mannion while at Oregon State.
"It's an amazing opportunity and I couldn't wish for anything better," McKibbin said of Fresno State. "I truly think there is no better place in the country for a quarterback than Fresno State with Coach Langsdorf and Coach Tedford.
"At the end of the day, I'm just looking to compete with the best of them and progress as a quarterback, a human and as a man. I felt that Coach Tedford and the whole coaching staff could challenge me as a man and as a quarterback as well."
McKibbin has an impressive frame at 6-foot-5 and 215 pounds. He describes himself as a tough competitor who will fit in perfectly with Fresno State's blue-collar program.
"I think you can definitely expect one of the toughest dudes out there," McKibbin said of his strengths. "Unless I'm missing a body part I'm getting back up always. That's just how I've always been and how my dad taught me to be as a man ... I feel I can compete with anyone in the country. It's all about how I develop. There are a lot of dudes right now who I think are about hitting their peak and I think I haven't even scratched the surface yet.
247Sports Recruiting Analyst Greg Biggins wrote of the Bulldogs' new commit, "McKibbin is a sleeper quarterback with a lot of tools that project well to the next level. He's a big, strong kid who has improved his arm strength and athleticism in the last year and could be a late steal."
McKibbin is the second football senior from the Class of 2019 to commit to play collegiately following Richard Krebs who is headed to Princeton. McKibbin will also join fellow Friar, Asa Fuller '17 on the Bulldogs roster.