There are two SEC schools among Grant Gibson’s six current offers, Tennessee and Vanderbilt, and the Vols have definitely made a good impression.
“They’re definitely at the top, with a school like that,” Gibson said of Tennessee. “It’s the team, the fans, the academics. It’s all top notch, and that’s something you’ve got to look for when you’re trying to find the best school for you.”
Gibson is one of three junior offensive linemen at Charlotte’s Mallard Creek High School earning interest from multiple SEC schools. Unlike his teammates, he’s expecting to make his impact at the next level on the other side of the ball.
Listed at 6-foot-1 and 305 pounds, Gibson is a four-star defensive tackle according to Rivals.com and the No. 10 player in North Carolina in the Class of 2017 in 247’s composite ranking.
“Defensive line, that’s what everyone is telling me because of my height,” Gibson said. “That’s all good. I think I’m just as effective, if not more effective on that side.”
He took an unofficial visit to Tennessee in early October when the Vols played Arkansas, and said he’s speaking to up to three members of the coaching staff on a weekly basis.
“It’s amazing there. Just the game atmosphere, the fans, I just enjoyed the whole thing,” Gibson said. “The game was probably the best part, just how hyped up it was. I just love that school. It’s a great school.”
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One SEC school that hasn’t offered Gibson is South Carolina, but there is mutual interest. Both of Gibson’s teammates on the offensive line, Eric Douglas and T.J. Moore, have the Gamecocks high on their lists.
Like Douglas and Moore, South Carolina interim coach Shawn Elliott has made a strong impression on Gibson.
“He recruits this area, and now that he’s the head coach, it makes it even a more special thing,” Gibson said. “He’s just a cool guy. He’s real laid back. It’s not always about playing ball with him. It’s about what type of person you are, how you’re doing in school.”
“I talk to them a lot. They came to one of our games a couple weeks ago, and I definitely like it down there. I haven’t been to a game, but I’m going to go down again in the spring to learn more.”
N.C. State, Virginia Tech, West Virginia and Colorado State are the other schools that have offered Gibson. The Gamecocks, and their in-state rivals Clemson, are two other schools that have piqued Gibson’s interest. He was in Raleigh, N.C., for an unofficial visit this weekend.
Gibson said he is interested in committing to a school early, if he thinks the fit is right.
“I want to decide by this spring,” he said. “I want to get it out of the way and start calming things down. The whole thing is stressful. You go to the schools and that’s the hardest part. Each school shows you their best, and it makes it hard to choose.”