One of the top mid-major prospects came off the board on Friday as West Chicago (Ill.) 2017 point guard Tai Bibbs opted for Drake. The center of a heated recruiting battle, Bibbs ended things by making a decision perhaps quicker than expected with scheduled official visits still on the docket. 

“I’ve been in contact with them for a while and I’ve built a good connection with them,” Bibbs told NY2LA Sports. “It just felt right to finally make that commitment. It was the perfect fit and the right choice for me to make.”

Bibbs chose Drake over his other finalists Columbia, Ball State, IPFW, and Marist. 

The 6-foot-3, 165-pound floor general spoke to head coach Ray Giacoletti about his decision on Friday.  “They were really happy,” said Bibbs. “They welcomed me to the family.”

Bibbs also consulted with another member of the NY2LA Sports Association before making his commitment and a rival guard in the state of Illinois. 

“I actually talked to Teyvion Kirk before I committed,” Bibbs explained. “He let me know he wanted to play with me and I wanted to play with him. The vision Drake had for us to play together really excited me.”

Bibbs will take his official visit to Drake the weekend of Sept. 9. 

He was previously slated to visit Ball State next weekend, however, Bibbs couldn’t hold off from becoming a Bulldog any longer. 

“In this process, everyone said go with your gut feeling,” he said. “I thought about it for a day or two, slept on it, woke up, and knew Drake was the place for me. There was no point in waiting.”

Bibbs played with Mercury Elite during the travel season.