Prospect Spends the Weekend at Auburn

A recruiting report on 2010 football prospect Sam Gibson is featured.

Prattville, Ala.--Sam Gibson, a key player in Prattville High School's march to the 2008 Class 6A state championship, spent a good part of the weekend in Auburn hanging out with his former high school teammate Justin Albert as well as talking to Auburn's coaching staff.

"I had a good time talking to the Auburn coaches and I think they are getting close to offering me a scholarship," he tells Inside the Auburn Tigers.

He says they told him they like his size, speed, athleticism and character. "They told me they talked to people in Prattville about me and everyone has only good things to say."

The 6-2, 205-pound junior plays quarterback for the Lions. Some colleges are recruiting him to play that position, others, like Auburn, see him as a wide receiver.

"It really doesn't matter to me where I play," Gibson says. "The important thing to me is winning and helping the team do that."

Gibson knows plenty about winning, helping Prattville to the Class 6A state title last season. The Lions returned to the practice field for spring training on Monday.

"I think we are going to have another really strong team," he predicts, noting that most of the team's key players return. "Our offense should be our strength this year. We have a lot of speed coming back. It should also help that I have a year's experience as the starting quarterback."

Gibson notes that he enjoyed talking to Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn on his visit. "He told me that he thinks I would be a good fit for his offense because I know how to read defenses and in his system the wide receivers need to know how to read defenses," he says.

Gibson obviously has no problem reading books, either. He has a 3.8 grade point average and is interested in studying engineering in college. He says that he spent part of the day on Saturday talking to academic advisers at Auburn and enjoyed that part of his unofficial visit.

He notes that he also enjoyed hanging out with Albert, the former Prattville High star who is freshman walk-on at Auburn. Albert's play at running back was one of the highlights of spring drills.

"Justin is excited about that," Gibson says. "He told me that he can't wait for the season to get here."

Gibson checked out the Tigers on Saturday and Sunday along with Springville High wide receiver Jeremy Richardson.

Last season Gibson hit 84-149 passes for 1,083 yards and 11 touchdowns and rushed for eight scores. He netted 408 rushing yards on 107 carries.

Gibson has early offers from Stanford, Vanderbilt, UAB and South Alabama and is also being recruited by Alabama, LSU, UCLA, Southern Miss, Clemson and Mississippi State.

"Right now I don't have a favorite, I am still taking it all in," says Gibson, who adds that he is definitely interested in Gene Chizik's Auburn Tigers.

Seven Auburn assistant coaches are expected to roll into Prattville in a white Hummer limo on Wednesday afternoon as part of their "Tiger Prowl" tour of high schools across the state of Alabama during the spring evaluation period.

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