Gibson commits to Army

James Gibson of Westfield High School in Fairfax County, Va. made his decision from 12 D-1 offers and didn't want to wait any longer to commit. The 6-foot-1, 192-pound defensive back/outside linebacker who was extended an offer by Army less than a month ago after impressing coaches at a one-day camp gave his verbal commitment to the Black Knight staff on Monday, July 21st.

"I've called to Coach Bateman and Coach Monken to let them know I wanted to commit," Gibson told "I'll be calling Coach Loose soon to let him know. West Point is where I want to go. That's what I told the coaches. I think it's the best place for me. I didn't want to wait and prolong it, drag it out till next February. I had my family's support on the decision) so I went ahead and committed.

"The combination of great academics and athletics at West Point really put them over the top. Football is not the main thing there, neither is academics, but the combination of the two is outstanding. I also loved the staff. My relationship with Coach Bateman played a big part in my decision. My lacrosse coach went there and loved it. I wanted a challenge. I know West Point won't be easy, but it will be worth it."

Gibson said he was only able to take a brief tour of the campus while there last month for camp, but plans on making a return visit soon. He said the two Army coaches were ecstatic to receive the news.

"They were really excited," he said. "Coach Bateman was especially because he recruited me and really wanted me to go there. I'm excited about the defense they play. It's a fun defense to be in with the pressure they put on teams, they play some zone coverage, and get after the quarterback. It's an aggressive style of defense similar to what we play at Westfield.

"I feel very good about my decision to attend West Point. It's a weight off of my shoulders. I can focus solely on our season. My only worries now are getting my grades up as high as possible and football. I knew I didn't want to wait after I made up my mind. my. I wanted to go to a program that loved me as much as I loved it and I found that with Army. I was ready to make that commitment."

Gibson has started 27 consecutive games at Westfield since his sophomore season. As a junior, Gibson was named first team All-District, second team All-Region, All-State honorable mention, and All-State Underclassmen. His other offers are from Coastal Carolina, Delaware, Elon, Fordham, James Madison, Liberty, Maine, Nevada, Norfolk State, Old Dominion, and William and Mary.

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