There were just over 37,000 folks in attendance on Saturday as California downed Bit Ten foe Northwestern, but one of them had a bit bigger stake in the game than the rest: Golden Bears commit Ryan Gibson the three-star, No. 15 center in the nation for the 2015 class.
“A win’s a win, and it was great,” Gibson said. “It was good for the freshmen to have their first win under their belt, especially on the road.”
The 6-foot-2, 271-pounder came all the way from his Mississippi, home to watch his future teammates.
“There were actually a lot of [Cal] alumni that were sitting by me, so that was pretty cool,” Gibson said. “I was on the Cal side, and it was mainly Northwestern fans, but there were some people next to me who had gone to Cal.”
With all five offensive linemen playing every single snap, Gibson was enthralled with their performance up front.
“They played really well,” Gibson said. “They were pushing that Northwestern team back every play, and the protection was good, too.”
Gibson also said that the game made him feel much better about his commitment to the Bears.
Though NCAA rules prohibited Gibson from mingling with the team before or after the game, he did make sure to get in touch with the coaching staff afterwards.
“I talked to coach [Sonny] Dykes and coach [Zach] Yenser, just congratulated them on the win, and we were talking about how it was the beginning of a new phase in Cal football,” Gibson said.
Gibson will take his official visit to Cal after the season.
“That’s kind of when all of the committed guys go, and apparently, official visits are more fun after the season, because then the coaches can spend more time with you,” Gibson said.
RECRUIT REACTION: Gibson Talks NW Win
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