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Gibbs still highly interested in Alabama
DeAngelo Gibbs is wanted from schools coast to coast, and that’s not more apparent when he says how many unread text messages he has in his phone.
Gibbs, the nation’s No. 3 safety from Grayson (Ga.) High School, told SEC Country that there are several schools that text him at least twice every single day, but the amount of messages he receives is too much to maintain.
“If you saw my phone, you wouldn’t believe it,” Gibbs said. “Some schools are hitting me up twice every single day. It shows how much these schools want me. Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Tennessee, LSU, Florida State, Clemson all hit me up multiple times. You wouldn’t believe it, but it’s crazy; I have 3,000 unread text messages.”
Yes, you read that correctly. Three-thousand unread messages from coaches around the country. Could that mean that he already knows where he’s going to school? No, not at all. Gibbs is just one of those recruits that is taking his recruitment very slowly.
He has no official visits set up just yet but did say that Alabama, LSU, Ohio State, Miami and Southern California are the front-runners for those five coveted trips. Georgia and Tennessee, the presumptive favorites, are likely not going to get an official visit because of how many times he’s already paid his own way to get to those schools. He will be at the Tennessee-Georgia game next month — in an unofficial capacity.
Those two schools are considered the schools to beat at the moment because of his connections to the programs. Gibbs’ cousin, J.R. Reed, transferred to Georgia this summer and another cousin, freshman Nigel Warrior, is at Tennessee. His uncle and Warrior’s father, Dale Carter, was a Volunteers legend.
With that being said, all of the schools Gibbs is considering are on an equal level, or so he says. The Under Armour All-American is very polished when answering questions from reporters, so you’re likely not going to get anything too revealing from him.
But he did say which school he has been most impressed with so far this season, and it is good news for the Crimson Tide.
“Alabama has really shown why they are the No. 1 team in the country,” Gibbs said. “A lot of teams have started off well, but Alabama has been dominant.”
The 6-foot-2, 204-pound prospect hears from both defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt and defensive backs coach Derrick Ansley daily. They’re two of the coaches who may have some unread messages in Gibbs’ phone. Though he may not actually click on their messages, he sees what they’re saying to him.
“We need you here. We have to get you on campus. We just have to have you on this team,” Gibbs said of Alabama’s typical recruiting pitch. “I believe I could help them. I think it would be a really good opportunity for me if they don’t have many safeties on the roster.”
Alabama doesn’t have a true safety committed in the Class of 2017, although 3-star defensive back Kyriq McDonald could play the position at the next level.
Gibbs visited Alabama multiple times this summer, and his interest in the Tide is legit.
“We’re on a great page,” Gibbs said. “It’s Alabama. I mean, who doesn’t like to win? Everybody takes note of ‘Bama. They have a great program. They have great history, and, like I said, it’s Alabama.”
Gibbs won’t be making a commitment anytime soon. He’ll announce his college decision at the Under Armour All-American game on New Year’s Day.
South Carolina commit reacts to Alabama offer
Alabama lost a defensive line commitment on Sunday in 3-star Aaron Sterling. Just a day later, defensive line coach Karl Dunbar had his eyes set on a possible replacement.
The Tide extended an offer to South Carolina commitment Javon Kinlaw, a Class of 2017 junior college prospect.
Kinlaw, who attends Jones Community College, told SEC Country’s South Carolina recruiting reporter, Hale McGranahan, that while he does appreciate the offer from Alabama, he is solid with South Carolina.
“They offered me in high school, so it’s a bold statement from them,” Kinlaw said, “But I’m still 100 percent a Gamecock.”
The 6-foot-5, 276-pound prospect has been committed to South Carolina since December and has not wavered on his commitment to the Gamecocks, as evidenced by his comment on the offer.
If Kinlaw decides to take a visit to Tuscaloosa, then it’s possible the interest level in Alabama raises and causes him to rethink his commitment. For now, Alabama and Kinlaw are in the very early stages of building a relationship.
Once again, Alabama’s main defensive line targets in this class are 4-star prospects Aubrey Solomon, LaBryan Ray, Ryan Johnson, Isaiah Buggs, Phidarian Mathis, Elijah Conliffe and Tyler Shelvin.
All rankings are provided by the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.
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