DeAngelo Gibbs admits that Georgia is coming after him harder than any other program.
Gibbs, a five-star cornerback from Grayson High School (Loganville, Ga.), said even though Georgia is doing everything it can to keep the state’s top prospect in state, he’s still very high on Alabama. He mentioned Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, Georgia’s former defensive coordinator, is doing everything he can to make him a member of the Crimson Tide.
“I still like Bama. I don’t know the next time I am going to visit there, but I know when I get there it is going to be Bama,” Gibbs told DawgNation’s Jeff Sentell. “It is going to be that powerhouse.”
Even when the time comes again to visit Alabama, Gibbs says these visits to schools all seem to run together.
“I’ve already seen everything,” Gibbs said. “There’s nothing I think a school can show me on a visit or hear I haven’t seen or heard before. … Every time I go to a school it kind of already feels like an official visit.”
There is one thing that is different about Alabama than the other schools Gibbs hears from. Winning. Lots of it.
The 6-2, 204-pounder said the Crimson Tide players have made it clear to him on why he should commit to Alabama.
“They tell me if you don’t look forward to winning, then don’t come here,” he said. “Don’t go to Alabama then. Period. Because you are going to win here.”
Gibbs, who has his choice of playing in either the Under Armour All-America game or the U.S. Army All-American bowl, said he agrees with the players’ comments. He knows if Alabama was the school he chose, there’s a high probability he’d get a championship ring.
“Winning those championships is easier said than done,” Gibbs said. “But one thing is for sure if you go to ‘Bama, you are going to win regardless of the situation.
“I doubt Alabama, under Nick Saban, will ever have anything close to a losing season because Coach Saban is a great coach. So if you don’t look forward to winning and doing all the work it takes to win at ‘Bama, then don’t go to ‘Bama. Alabama is going to win. Period.”
The nation’s No. 10 overall prospect plans to be an early enrollee at whichever school he plans to attend. He has connections to two other SEC programs: Georgia and Tennessee. At Georgia, former teammate Chad Clay is a freshman. Current teammate Breon Dixon, a 2017 LB, is currently committed. At Tennessee, Gibbs’ cousin, Nigel Warrior, is a 2016 signee. Gibbs and Warrior have said in the past that they would be a package deal, but package deals in recruiting hardly ever materialize. Those two schools happen to be the two programs Gibbs has visited most.
It’s clear Alabama has work to do in order to sign Gibbs.
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Chris Kirschner covers Alabama football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Bryant-Denny.