Because of that when the time came to take some trips to make sure his decision is the right one, Auburn was a place for him. Spending time with Malzahn and offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee over the weekend, Gibson said he enjoyed getting back to the Plains once again.
“Everything went well,” Gibson said. “I have been there a couple of times. A lot of things have changed. They got a new eating facility where the players can come and eat. Everything is looking good.
“My mom wanted me to take more visits and see what’s out there if Ohio State doesn’t work out,” he added. “You would have something to fall back on. She just wants me to take my time with the process. I know I’m committed, but she still wants me to take visits and see what’s out there. That’s what I’m doing.”
With Ohio State loaded at the quarterback position and Gibson hoping to play early on the next level, it has kept some thoughts on the mind of the talented left-hander that he may need to keep an open mind as things head towards signing day.
“That’s pretty tough,” Gibson said. “I would have no problems redshirting, but sitting two or three years is not what I want to have to do. I want to come in and get a fair opportunity to play quarterback. We’ll see what happens.”
Auburn’s quarterback situation is a much different one from Ohio State with Nick Marshall gone and little-used Jeremy Johnson the frontrunner to win the job in 2015. With redshirt freshman Sean White, juco transfer Jason Smith and true freshman Tyler Queen all trying to make some noise as well, Gibson said Malzahn told him he would get a shot if he chose the Tigers.
“I sat in Coach Gus Malzahn’s offense and he told me I’m his guy,” Gibson said. “He wants me to come in and get a fair opportunity at playing quarterback. That’s what he told me and I believe it. I saw what he did with Cam Newton in one year and Nick Marshall in two. Imagine what he could do with me in three.”
Visiting with top prospects and guys he was already familiar with like CeCe Jefferson, Byron Cowart, Jeff Holland and others, Gibson said being able to get back to Auburn gave him a good feeling about the Tigers. Throw in old teammates like Marcus Davis and he said it was a great time.
“It changed things a lot,” Gibson said of the trip. “Just to come down there and see all the players, I played with some of the guys that go to Auburn. I played high school ball with them. It’s great seeing them again. We’ll see what the future holds.”