July 5, 2010
Ohio DE has Spartans high on list
One of the top defensive players in Ohio for the class of 2011 is Deonte Gibson of Lakewood St Edwards High School. Gibson is rated a 3-stra prospect by Rivals.com and the #37strongside defensive end in the nation. He is also ranked the #36 player in talent loaded Ohio. SpartanMag.com caught up with the 6-foot-3, 225-pound prospect and got the details on his recruitment.
Last fall Gibson was a force for perennial powerhouse St Edwards. He accumulated 12 sacks and had 63 tackles while being named First Team All-District, First Team All-Sun News and Third Team All-State. St Edwards routinely plays one of the toughest schedules in Ohio if not the nation.
Spartanmag.com asked Gibson about the offers he has and if he is hearing from the Spartans
"I currently have 15 offers all together, he said. "I hear from Michigan State around three times a week either through e-mails or letters."
The high level of interest by Michigan State has put the Spartans near the top of the list of teams that Gibson is considering. He talked about the teams that are currently standing out to him.
"Right now my top 5 are Pittsburg, Stanford, Michigan State, Cincinnati and Northwestern, in no particular order, Gibson stated.
All of the above teams have offer Gibson a scholarship as have several other BCS programs such as West Virginia, Louisville, Kansas and Colorado.
Spartanmag.com asked Gibson if he has gotten an opportunity to visit Michigan State University and what position the Spartan Coaching Staff sees him playing for them at the next level.
"I have not been up to Michigan State yet, he said. "I am trying to organize a date with my mother so we can go visit there. Coach Narduzzi said he likes me playing as a hybrid for them.
The hybrid spot would be someone who not only can put a hand down and get after the quarterback, but can also drop into coverage and match-up with running backs coming out of the backfield.
We asked Gibson if he has given any thought to when he plans on making his college choice and what factors will be important to his decision making process
"I want to make my decision when I feel comfortable, so I do not know exactly when that time well be," he said. I want to make sure the school makes it easy to adjust to the college lifestyle and I also want to take a close look at the accounting program."
With commitments from players like Lawrence Thomas, Taiwan Jones and most recently Joel Heath, the Spartans are once again assembling a top notch defensive class. A player like Gibson, which could play multiple roles, would be a valuable addition to the class. The fact that he also comes from a program that has a tradition of producing quality Division 1 players every year is also a bonus.
Michigan State will be holding an Elite 1-Day Camp on July 12th. SpartanMag.com will keep an eye of for Gibson. It is possible that he could come up on the 11th and tour the campus/faculties and then work with the Spartans staff the following day. If that happens, SpartanMag.co will be sure to have all the details on this outstanding prospect for the class of 2012.
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