Wide Receiver From Ohio Checks Out Tigers

A speedy young football prospect discusses his trip to Auburn for a football camp.

Cleveland Heights, Ohio--One of the more impressive players at Auburn's one-day football prospects camp recently was Cleveland Heights High School speedster Shelton Gibson, a wide receiver for the 2013 signee class.

The Ohio native, who is also a standout sprinter in track and field, met with and quickly bonded with Auburn's coaches on his first trip to the Plains.

"It was cool," he says of the visit. "I came down that Thursday and I just kicked it with Coach (Tommy) Thigpen and Coach Troop (Trooper Taylor)," Gibson said. "I like how they're serious on the field, but they can be friends off the field.

"I didn't even know them until I just came there," he added. "I just got close with them that quick so I really like it down there."

Gibson said Auburn's family atmosphere and intense focus on football stood out in comparison to other schools he has visited.

"They're all about football down there," he said. "When I went up to North Carolina, they were talking about other stuff, but they're all about football here, family and everything."

Gibson showed no ill effects from a broken leg that kept him from visiting Auburn last year, turning heads with two 40-yard-dash times of 4.4 on the rain-slicked grass at the old track and field complex.

"The camp, even though it was raining, it was still good," he said. "People were giving me a lot of competition and I like competition, so I really liked the camp."

In addition to Auburn, the junior wideout said he has received interest from North Carolina, Duke, East Carolina, Wake Forest and Ball State.

Gibson, who said he grew up as a fan of Florida and Michigan State, would also like to hear from other schools on his list of favorites.

"If I had to pick, it would be there (Auburn), University of Miami down in Florida, the Florida Gators, and thenO-State--Ohio State," he said.

With the trend of players committing earlier in the recruiting process, Gibson said he might decide on his choice of college destination at the beginning of his senior season.

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