2014 Athlete Jerry Gibson Is One To Watch

Theodore's Jerry Gibson talks about visiting Auburn and what he likes about the Tigers.

Theodore, Ala.—A talented athlete that plays some quarterback, running back, wide receiver, tight end and even a little defensive end in high school, 6-3, 213 Jerry Gibson is a player that could make a big move in recruiting circles in the coming months. On Saturday he took an unofficial visit to Auburn along with his family and came away impressed by the Tigers.

"It was pretty good," Gibson says. "Everything is kind of family-oriented. I really liked it. It was my first time at Auburn. I just like how everything is convenient there. I'm ready to see what they do this year. I want to get up there and see some games.

"The coaching staff is really nice and down to earth," Gibson adds "It was better than I expected. Coach (Scott) Fountain is a very good person. He's cool."

In addition to spending time with Fountain, Gibson says that he also had the opportunity to sit down with his parents and talk with Coach Gus Malzahn. Getting a feel for the first-year head coach, he notes they liked what he had to say about life off the field at Auburn.

"He talked about family mostly and how everything around there is very close," Gibson says. "What stuck out the most to me was that he said he tried to hire all Christian coaches. My mom and dad really looked forward to that."

Being recruited as an athlete by the Tigers, Gibson is a player that would fit in well in Coach Gus Malzahn's offense as a tight end/H-Back, similar to what Philip Lutzenkirchen did for Auburn in his career. Gibson says that's something that is exciting to hear when talking to the coaches.

"He said I was a good fit for the three-back position," Gibson says. "That's the position that Lutzenkirchen played and that really caught my attention. That's pretty exciting. He said he looks for guys that play a lot of positions in high school."

Hearing from Arkansas State, Southern Miss, Georgia, Memphis and a few other schools already, Gibson says he's still waiting on his first offer at the moment. Following his first introduction to Auburn on Saturday he believes the Tigers could be close to pulling the trigger.

"They said they're very interested in me," Gibson says. "They want me to try to catch a spring practice. Coach Fountain said he was going to try to come watch me this spring too. That's very exciting to me."

Planning to visit Southern Miss for a junior day soon, Gibson says he may take a few more visits this spring if he continues to add more interest from schools.

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