California scored its first offensive line commit of the 2014 cycle on Thursday morning, when Ryan Gibson -- a center out of Bay St. Louis (Miss.) St. Stanislaus -- pulled the trigger after his second visit to the Berkeley campus -- one of seven offensive line visitors who have stopped by in the past week.
"I spent the whole day, about six hours, with coach Yenser, and I sat in coach [Sonny] Dykes's office and talked for about an hour," Gibson told BearTerritory, shortly after committing. "I just knew."
On his first visit way back in February, the San Diego-born 6-foot-3, 270-pounder -- a Navy brat who has lived in Boca Raton, Virginia Beach and Mississippi -- brought along his grandfather, and noted that the "academic prestige of the school," was what initially drew him in.
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Now, after making his second trip, Gibson was ready to commit, which he did this morning, saying: "I am blessed and honored to say that i have officially committed to attend and play football at the University of California Berkeley. I am grateful to the coaching staffs of all the schools who recruited me and spent time with me throughout this process. I am also thankful to my family, high school coaches and friends who have supported me through this process."
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Gibson's main criterion for choosing a school was academics, as both Northwestern and Virginia were high up on his list, as he holds a staggering 4.1 GPA. They say that offensive linemen are the smartest men on the football field, with the center running the show. It seems that Gibson will be just the perfect fit, then, for the Bears.
Gibson is a prototypical offensive lineman for the Tony Franklin System, in that he's not a big, hulking, earth-mover. He's slim, long and agile with quick feet, and he has to be, because he runs a system very similar to the Bear Raid in high school.
"We run a spread, at high tempo," Gibson said. "That's actually something I like (about Cal). My build and frame just fits the style of Cal, because they run basically the same offense my high school does. They like the quick, athletic O-linemen."
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