Icing on the Cake

Time was the only question before Gardena (Calif.) Serra defensive end/linebacker Jason Gibson made his verbal commitment to play for California. That ended on Monday when the four-star prospect called Golden Bear head coach Jeff Tedford and committed…

"Since I went up there on junior day I felt comfortable," said Jason Gibson (6-2, 210). "But I wanted to take my official visits now that's over and Cal is where I wanted to be."

Gibson called head coach Jeff Tedford after practice Monday to give him the news. "I got him on the first try," said Gibson. "I called Tedford then talked to linebacker coach Kenwick Thompson."

The one coach he has yet to speak to is his recruiter – running back coach Ron Gould. Gould is responsible for building a strong bond with Gibson. "He's almost like family. He comes to my school and my games…our relationship kept growing."

Gibson had his choice of schools and he says Oregon was a very close second. "I enjoyed my time up there and they have a good program. But Cal was a better fit."


"Education is high for me; [Cal] education is perfect for me. It's not all business. It's like a family. I liked the family atmosphere."

Another thing that entices him is playing rush linebacker next season.

"I'm real excited," said Gibson. "I think playing linebacker would be better for me. I think I'll get comfortable [playing off the line], and it will be a better position."

Gibson says he almost made his final decision weeks ago but says Monday just felt right. Regardless, he and his family are happy the process is completed. "They're excited it's over. All kinds of coaches were trying to set up visits."

Now he can focus on the CIF DII State Championship – Serra's second consecutive trip to the state bowl game – vs. Folsom (Calif.).

"It feels good, everything is lifted off my shoulders," added Gibson. "I can focus on [Folsom] and I got finals this week too. I really looking forward to facing [Sacramento] Grant but it didn't happen that way. Everyone was talking about the matchup during the season.

"[A win] would mean everything that would put the icing on the cake. That will be my whole high school career with only one loss."

But Gibson's work is not done. "I'm trying to get [Marquise Lee] to go to [Cal] too," he said.

It wouldn't be the first time he and another recruit conspired about committing to the same school. "I talked to [Todd Barr] before I committed. We talked about committing together."

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