Gibson High On Tigers After Iron Bowl Visit

Four-star Hargrave Military Academy offensive lineman Laurence Gibson talks about his visit for the Iron Bowl and where Auburn stands with him.

Chatam, Va.--For offensive tackle Laurence Gibson from Hargrave Military Academy, the recruiting game has been a long and sometimes painful process.

A standout defensive end and offensive lineman from Buena High in Sierra Vista, Ariz., Gibson didn't have a single scholarship offer coming out of high school after playing football just two seasons.

Deciding to keep his dream alive, the 6-6, 300 Gibson went to Hargrave and immediately colleges began to take notice. Early offers from Ole Miss, Virginia Tech, Clemson, North Carolina and South Alabama have led to almost 20 offers at the moment with more coming each day.

"Things are going pretty good," Gibson tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I think I have a few more offers. The last school I talked with was Monday. That was Oklahoma."

One of the colleges on Gibson's list is the Auburn Tigers. With a need at offensive tackle, Gibson says Coach Gene Chizik's program is definitely on his list as he heads close to his decision date of Dec. 17.

"Yes sir, I have an offer from Auburn," Gibson says. "I don't really have an order of schools, but they are in the top three. They're not filled yet, but I know I want to look at Virginia Tech and Clemson.

"They said they were graduating quite a few offensive linemen and they need to fill quite a few spots," Gibson adds. "They told me in their recruiting process they don't just offer a whole bunch of people and hope for someone to commit. They really go after the players they want."

With visits scheduled to those two schools the next two weeks, Gibson will get a look at both programs. It will take a lot to beat his impression of Auburn though after he came in for an unofficial visit last Friday for the Iron Bowl game between Auburn and Alabama. He says everything about the trip made him strongly consider Auburn as his future home.

"I thought the campus was amazing," Gibson says. "It was really nice. I just liked the atmosphere. I liked how everybody, all they wanted to do was go watch the football game. Everyone was into those two football teams. I have never seen anything like that before."

An early graduate who will be eligible to enroll in January and go through spring practice, Gibson has already visited Boston College on an official visit and will head to Virginia Tech and Clemson the next two weekends. He said after that he'll either visit Auburn or go ahead and make his decision.

"I went to the game and saw the school pretty well," Gibson says. "I know I like it. If it gets down to where I need to choose between them and another school I would probably take the visit. I want to sign by the 17th of December so I can get in school."

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