December 15, 2009

OT Gibson clarifies his status

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Word released from numerous places on Saturday night that Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military Academy offensive tackle Laurence Gibson gave his pledge to Clemson. However, now that he's returned he appears to have second thoughts. got all the details from the 6-foot-6, 296-pounder inside.

"I'm not committed right now," Gibson firmly stated. "I tried to make it as clear as I could to Clemson that I had to talk to my family and especially my mom first before I could make any sort of decision.

"I told Clemson I really liked the school. I told them I would go there, but I need to talk to my mom and coaches first. I think they thought I said I was definitely going there and there's a difference."

Gibson clarified further.

"I don't want this to go down like I'm saying something bad about Clemson, it was just a misunderstanding," he stated. "I wanted to get it cleared up.

"I liked a lot of things about the visit there. The town it's in and the environment there. I love the strength and conditioning program and the strength coaches. They have a lot of new techniques and technology and they take it seriously there. I really like their school and those coaches are good guys. They are family oriented.

"I like Coach Swinney. He seems like he really cares about football players and his family and seems like a good guy."

What's next for Gibson?

"I may try to take two other visits if I have time to, but I'm not sure where. I believe I don't have to finalize anything until January."

Gibson maintains he's still planning to enroll in January wherever he ends up.

The three-star lineman previously had the Hokies high on his list before the trip to Clemson. How do the two visits compare?

"It makes things a lot more complicated," he said. "Neither of those schools has something obvious that makes my decision that I'm going to go there. I'm still trying to decide what's the most reasonable decision I can make.

"I'm going to talk about it with my mom, family and coaches and figure out what their opinions are and make my own decision."

Brian Mohr has covered recruiting in the mid-Atlantic since 2004 and has covered Virginia Tech since 2006 for To contact Brian, please email for questions, comments or tips, which are always welcome

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