October 4, 2011

Gibbs has options

It's easy to see why college coaches are interested in Birmingham (Mich.) Seaholm offensive senior Dan Gibbs. The offensive lineman stands 6-7, 320 pounds - already the size of many college players at his position. He has scholarship offers from Ball State and Eastern Michigan, and is looking at some prestigious academic schools as well.

Though the Ivy League schools can't offer athletic scholarships, their academic reputations speak for themselves. Fortunately for those programs, academics will play a huge role in Gibbs's final decision.

The academic reputation of Michigan is also appealing to Gibbs. Wolverines offensive line coach Darrell Funk has offered him a preferred-walkon spot in Ann Arbor. Michigan may have more going for it than simply a good education opportunity, however. Gibbs has been a fan of the Wolverines his whole life.

Typically, preferred-walkon players hardly see the field in their careers on a BCS-level football team. Most help the team in other ways, as members of the scout team. However, recent history has shown that they can earn significant playing time. Coach Funk has let Gibbs know that he could be one of those players.

Though Michigan holds a special place in Gibbs's heart, the allure of scholarship offers elsewhere may be too much to pass up. He hasn't made a decision yet about whether to accept the walkon position at Michigan, or pursue his other options.

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