2013 WR Puts Auburn on Top

Ohio speedster Shelton Gibson talks about his visit to Auburn for the Iron Bowl

University Heights, Ohio. – Auburn got good news on the class of 2013 football recruiting front with wide receiver Shelton Gibson from Cleveland Heights High School naming the Tigers as his leader.

Gibson (6-0, 175) came on an unofficial visit with one of his coaches to Auburn's regular season finale game vs. Alabama. "Even though Auburn took a loss, I think that they worked hard throughout the game and everything," Gibson says. "More than likely, I'll be coming to Auburn. I haven't committed yet."

Before making a commitment, Gibson wants to spend more time with Auburn head coach Gene Chizik. "I'm going to talk to Coach Chiz about it and see what he thinks--see what I can do," Gibson says. "I'll just talk to him about it."

Gibson, a standout at a summer football camp at Auburn, returned to AU last weekend to check out the Tigers' regular season finale vs. Alabama. He has a scholarship offer from the Tigers and picked up one this week from Ohio State. He also holds offers from Duke, East Carolina and Bowling Green and notes that he is being recruited by Wisconsin, West Virginia, Northwestern and others. "I've got a lot of mail, but those are the schools I'm hearing from and talking to," he says.

The atmosphere for the Iron Bowl caught Gibson's attention while he was on his visit to Auburn, especially compared to other colleges he has visited.

"It was real big," Gibson explains. "Game Day. It was real nice and everything. I liked it a lot. It wasn't like Ohio. I went to an Ohio State game. It wasn't anything like that. It was way better than Ohio State. It was real crazy down there. I liked it.

"I've been to Michigan State for the Michigan versus Michigan State game," Gibson says. "I went to the Cincinnati versus the West Virginia game. My first college game that I ever went to was Michigan versus Michigan State.

"I came to Auburn for a camp, but the trip for the game was a lot different," he points out. "When I came for the camp there were a couple of people on the campus, but it was different when I came for the game. I had a chance to get around the campus and everything."

Gibson says that he hung out with freshman linebacker Kris Frost for most of the weekend, a player the Tigers are redshirting this season after preseason shoulder surgery forced him to sit out.

The Auburn offense and family atmosphere also caught Gibson's attention on the visit.

"They act like family down there and everything," he says. "Me and Coach Trooper (Taylor) get along real well. I get along with the players. I can fit in down here. The offense--I'm coming out of the same offense with the jets (sweeps) and all of that stuff. I'll probably fit in real well.

"I was sitting up there (in the coaches' offices talking to the offensive coordinator (Gus Malzahn)," Gibson adds. "It was pretty cool. Like I was saying, they run the jets, the reverses, like I do coming out of my high school doing. I'm pretty used to it. They said they need speed, and I've got speed. So I think I'll fit in real nice on the offense.

"They've got play-makers," he adds, "but I could jump right in with them and get it done."

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