Race Tightens For Gibson

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – As Shelton Gibson nears his college decision, it appears that West Virginia has made things interesting at the top of the U.S. Army All-American receiver’s list.

Gibson has already taken officials to West Virginia and Kentucky. He'll take officials to Ohio State and Tennessee before deciding.

Out of Cleveland (Ohio) Heights, the 6-foot-1, 175-pound Gibson has had Ohio State as his favorite since the start of the recruiting process. However, on his official visit to Morgantown, Gibson saw a potential fit at West Virginia.

“West Virginia is right under (Ohio State), super close, if not tied,” Gibson said following practice on Tuesday. Kentucky and Tennessee also remain in the mix.

Gibson enjoyed West Virginia’s victory over Kansas.

“I learned that the fans love you,” he said. “The academics are real good and the stats, they throw the ball a lot and they have a lot of receivers that are leaving right now.”

Ranked as the nation’s No. 17 receiver according to the 247Composite, Gibson was one of Urban Meyer’s first offers in the 2013 class. He’ll take his official to Ohio State the weekend of Jan. 11.

“The thing that is standing out is that Coach Meyer came into that program and they were alright last year, and he changed the whole program,” Gibson said. “I’m not trying to say that’s not his guys and his type of people, but that’s not the people he recruited. Him recruiting his guys and people now, next year they’re going to be awesome.”

Following his official visit to Ohio State, Gibson will travel to Tennessee for an official. Then he’ll decide.

“It helped that they got Coach (Tommy) Thigpen from Auburn and Coach (Butch Jones) from Cincinnati,” Gibson said of the new Vols staff. He had previous relationships with both. Gibson is also excited about the offense Jones ran at Cincinnati. “I heard a lot from (Cincinnati receivers) Travis Kelce and Jeremy Graves and they’re like my big brothers.”

Gibson took an official visit to Kentucky the weekend of Dec. 14.

“I saw that they throw the ball a lot and I’d be in the best conference,” Gibson said. “Me catching a lot of balls in the SEC sounds good.”

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