Mobile, Ala.--One of Auburn's top wide receiver targets took an official visit to the Plains over the weekend to check out the Tigers and says following the trip that Auburn moved up in his eyes.
Talented receiver Brandon Gibson from UMS Wright in Mobile has scholarship offers from some of the top schools in the country. A big, physical receiver, Gibson got a chance to check out Auburn's program after arriving Friday night and says he likes what he saw.
"The visit went pretty good," Gibson tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "This is the third time that I have been up there this year. It went pretty good as far as I met a lot of the players last night and hung out with them. I didn't get here until late Friday night at about 2 a.m. because of a basketball game."
A first-team All-State selection by the Alabama Sports Writers Association and rated a four-star prospect and the number 33 wide receiver in the country by Scout.com, Gibson has already visited South Carolina and favored Alabama for much of the year but now says that all three schools are back to square one following his trip to Auburn.
"I would rate the visit a ‘9' out of 10," Gibson says. "It went very good. There is nothing I did not like. The people are good, the town is great. It seemed like a lot of fun. (Auburn) is even with South Carolina and Alabama right now. They've got a pretty good chance.
"I'll be in Tuscaloosa next weekend," he adds. "I'm planning on going to either Ole Miss, Arkansas or West Virginia. It could change up. I'm not quite sure. I'm trying to stick with schools that have been sticking with me throughout the recruiting process."
Gibson played a big part in the Bulldogs' state title his junior season.
Hosted by redshirt freshman wide receiver Terrell Zachery, Gibson got to spend a great deal of time hanging out with current Auburn players as well as fellow recruits that were in town for visits. He says getting a chance to talk with Zachery and other Auburn players was the highlight of the weekend for him.
"I hung out with him and Tim Hawthorne," Gibson says. "My brother was with me as well. We had a lot of fun. They told me the speed of the game was the biggest difference. They told me the workouts are pretty tough but I don't have a problem working hard. I don't think that will be a big problem. It's just something I'll have to get used to and you do it because you love it."
The hard work will be something he'll get if he decides on Auburn because wide receiver coach Greg Knox is known for pushing his guys to the limit in order to get maximum production out of the group. Gibson says that getting the opportunity to sit down and watch film with Knox on his visit is something that will help his game immediately.
"I watched a lot of film with Coach Greg Knox yesterday," Gibson says. "He taught me a lot of stuff about being a good receiver. He told me that technique is the most important thing and that he's a technician. He likes to teach us things we don't already know. He talked to me and Quindarius Carr, he's already committed to Auburn. He told us we already had the ability, the speed, the hands, but he's going to teach us the technique if we both decide to go there. It went pretty good."
Losing four-year starter and the all-time leading receiver in Auburn history in Courtney Taylor as well as top reserve Lee Guess, the Tigers are looking for immediate help at the position for a playmaker. Gibson says that Knox told him he'll have a chance to play right away if he chooses the Tigers provided he puts the work in.
"He let me know real fast that if I came in and worked hard that I would have a great opportunity to come in and contribute to the team," Gibson says. "He said the only thing I have to do is come in and prove to them I could do it."