Talented 2015 Running Back Off To Hot Start

Pinson Valley sophomore running back Nick Gibson is one to watch for the Indians in the coming years.

Pinson, Ala.—While Auburn wide receiver commitment Earnest Robinson gets much of the attention for the Pinson Valley Indians in 2012, sophomore running back Nick Gibson will likely be a household name by the end of the year. Off to a blazing start at tailback this season, the 6-0, 190 Gibson will be a top prospect by the time his senior season rolls around in two years.

Banged up as a freshman last season, Gibson opened his sophomore campaign by rushing for 96 yards in a 21-16 loss to Class 4A #1 Oneonta. Last Friday night he and his teammates were determined to get the ball rolling and they did just that with a big 31-7 win at Mortimer Jordan.

Nick Gibson running to daylight

While Robinson's 50-yard touchdown grab opened the scoring or Pinson Valley, it quickly became the Gibson show as he dominated the game from the tailback position. Spinning and whirling through defenders, he had 19 carries for 203 yards and two touchdowns and also added a 40-yard kickoff return to set up a score. In the game he had only eight carries that went for less than nine yards and two of those were for touchdowns.

"I just went out there and gave it my all," Gibson said. "It's just what we've been doing all summer. The coaches have been encouraging me and letting me know this week that I would have the chance to run the ball. I just came out and gave it my all."

It's efforts like the one he put forth Friday night and the ability to run the 40-yard dash in the 4.4 range that already has colleges looking heavily at him despite being just in the 10th grade. With an offer from Mississippi State and hearing from several other schools including Alabama, Gibson admits he grew up following the Crimson Tide, but he's hoping to hear from Auburn, Oregon, Florida State and more in the coming months as he begins his recruiting journey.

"I'm happy about it, but I just want to finish out my high school career because you only get one chance at that," Gibson said. "I just want to make it my best and when it gets time to go to college I'll focus on that then."

Something that should help Gibson is having the opportunity to watch Robinson go through the recruiting process and see how he's handled things. Being able to talk to him and pick his brain about recruiting is something that the young running back notes will help him down the road.

"It's big because if it wasn't for him I don't think I would be getting this much attention," Gibson said. "I think it's good for me to have him around."

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