All eyes have been on top 15 senior college football prospect DeAngelo Gibbs this week in Orlando ahead of Sunday's Under Armour All-America Game. The five-star Loganville (Ga.) Grayson athlete has caught attention because of his versatility, as he's played defensive back and wide receiver throughout the week, but even more have been drawn near him because of the announcement of where he'll take his talents as a January enrollee.
The Nick Saban side of the pitch has been clear for years with one of the most coveted prospects in the nation and he's publicized the element that includes more victory than not and the chance it turns into an NFL career.
"I do think about stuff like this and if I wanted to go depth on stuff like this I can talk forever," he said. "As far as going to the league they've got one of the best opportunities for me right away if I go have an impact my freshman year. If I'm still contributing after that it would help with draft stock if you want to get into the business part of it."
Beyond the path, Gibbs covets camaraderie.
"But being on the field and playing on a team, that's what I want to do more," he said. "I want to play with a team and build a team. What I want to do is accomplish a team goal and make sure we're on the same page. And if everybody is on the same page and does their job? Everybody can go (to the NFL)."
Saban has courted him for multiple years as a defensive back, the position he seemingly takes an extra onus for as a recruiter.
"I listen to him, I soak in almost everything he says," Gibbs said. "He's been doing it forever. You've got to respect him with some of the best guys coming out, if he's telling you where he thinks you can fit in his system, you've got to catch onto it and listen on to it.
"Everything with him is win. We win, then the offseason...then win again."
The NFL is a clear goal for the versatile talent, who has already graduated high school, but it doesn't stand alone. Off the field advantages appeal from the Alabama perspective as well.
"It's deeper than that. It's much more deeper than that," he said. "When you go to a school that's been winning year after year, tradition builds up and it opens doors for opportunity as far as business ventures, as far as meeting people and filtering out into the world.
"The "A" logo is very powerful in the world."
Don't look to a potential position on either side of the ball to tip Gibbs' hand, either.
"It doesn't matter at all, wherever I get on the field the fastest," he said. "Which ever one. I can play anywhere and you're gonna see, I'll be playing both ways in the game."
Under Armour Practice Clips: DeAngelo Gibbs (No. 8)