Gibbs returns from Texas, talks recruiting

Sterling Gibbs completed his second official visit on Monday. He discussed that trip as well as the other schools involved with

Sterling Gibbs wasn't expecting to go through the recruiting process a second time.

"It definitely caught me off guard," Gibbs said. "I was prepared to play for coach [Gary] Williams. I was all set and ready. When the news came out it was definitely a shocker. Everything happens for a reason, so everything will turn out fine."

Thus far, Gibbs has seen a strong amount of interest from high major programs. Texas, Connecticut, UCLA, Louisville, Providence, Seton Hall and Dayton have all reached out to him.

"Right now I'm just trying to feel it out," Gibbs said of his recruitment. "I'm just going to talk it over with my family and we'll go from there."

Gibbs, a standout at West Orange (N.J.) Seton Hall Prep, spent this past weekend in Austin (Tex.) checking out Rick Barnes' program.

"I just finished an official visit at Texas," Gibbs said. "While I was out here, UConn offered and also UCLA offered me."

"It was a great visit," he said. "I had a great time. I was close to coach [Rob] Lanier from when he was recruiting me at Florida. It was definitely an easy transition because I was really high on Florida because of him and I trusted him. Now that he's at Texas, it helps it. I think coach [Rick] Barnes is a really cool guy."

With the Texas visit complete and having already used an official visit to Maryland, Gibbs has three official visits remaining. But at this point, Gibbs is unsure when and if he plans to take any more trips.

"I was actually planning on taking a visit to UConn, but because of the dead period and the timing of everything I probably won't be able to do it that until after the dead period," Gibbs said.

"So if I don't decide before the end of the dead period I'll probably end up taking an official to UConn," he added.

Gibbs mentioned that UCLA, Louisville, Providence, Seton Hall and Dayton have also expressed interest in getting him on campus as well.

"They want me to come on officials, but like I said due to timing if I do take another official it will have to be after the dead period," he said.

At this point, Gibbs said he doesn't have a timetable on when he'll make his final choice.

"It's just the whole recruiting process all over again," he said. "Right now I'm a lot more experienced with this since I went through this the first time. Now I'm just trying to make the best decision for me no matter how long that takes."

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