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Pinson Valley's Nick Gibson discusses his 5A Back of the Year honor and talks about his recruiting following his junior year.

Montgomery, Ala.--One of the top running backs in Alabama for the 2015 recruiting class, Pinson Valley's Nick Gibson put the finishing touches on a big junior year on Wednesday when he was named the Class 5A Back of the Year by the Alabama Sports Writers Association. Rushing for 2,205 yards and 20 touchdowns while adding 266 receiving yards for the Indians, Gibson said winning the honor was huge for him.

"This trophy is not just for me, but for Pinson Valley as well," Gibson said. "I wouldn't be able to do this if it wasn't for Pinson Valley as a whole, the community and everyone.

"It means the world to me," he added. "All my life I have wanted to be an NFL football player. This is just another step towards that goal. I'm so happy I have tears of joy."

Currently with a dozen offers from top schools such as Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, Arkansas, Kentucky, LSU, Florida State and others, Gibson said at the moment he's just taking it slowly and enjoying the process with still a year before he has to sign.

Nick Gibson

One of the schools Gibson has remained in contact with is Auburn. Building a strong relationship with the Tigers while watching cousin Earnest Robinson be recruited and eventually sign with Coach Gus Malzahn's program before heading to junior college, Gibson said watching what the team did this season and seeing the offense put up huge numbers was exciting for him.

"I was really impressed by how far they went," Gibson said. "I saw how getting a new coaching staff, how far that can take you. I'm just happy for them. They run the same offense we run because we actually copied some of their offense over the summer. What Tre Mason did, hopefully one chance I'll be able to do some of the same things."

Camping at Auburn over the summer, Gibson got a chance to begin to build a strong bond with running backs coach Tim Horton. Still waiting to get the word he's been hoping to hear from the Tigers, the talented runner said if that happens it would make his day.

"It would mean the world to me knowing my cousin (Robinson) could be back there as well," Gibson said. "I still feel like I'm playing for him and hopefully when he gets out of juco he can come up there with me. To play with him again would mean the world."

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