Ryan Gibson Talks In-Home, New Coach

Cal commit Ryan Gibson talks about his in-home visit with a fellow Mississippi native, his future official visit and what he thinks of the Bears' newest coaching addition, Brandon Jones.

The departure of California offensive line coach Zach Yenser didn’t affect the commitment of Bay St. Louis (Miss.) St. Stanislaus interior lineman Ryan Gibson, but he was one of the first to get a message from the man replacing Yenser: erstwhile Eastern Carolina offensive line coach Brandon Jones.

“I’m going to call him tonight, at some point,” Gibson said early Friday afternoon. “He messaged me on Twitter, and told me he was the coach. I look forward to working with him.”

Though Gibson only heard of the hiring today, he did get to do at least a little bit of research.

“I know that he coached in the same sort of offense that Cal runs, and he’s a pretty great coach,” Gibson said.

On Thursday night, Gibson was one of the first Bears commits to get an in-home visit, and it came in the person of former Louisiana Tech offensive lineman – and current inside receivers graduate assistant -- Jacob Peeler.

“It went really well,” said Gibson. “We ate dinner and kind of just talked. It was cool. He’s from Mississippi, so he was at his family’s house, before he came down to my house. It was a cool visit.”

Peeler – who’s out on the road due to the two official vacancies in the staff that can be filled internally during in-home visit season – and the Gibson family had a very low-key visit, mainly, Gibson said, like catching up with an old friend.

“It was kind of like just having a coach over to dinner, getting to know him better,” said Gibson. “My parents are coming out on the official visit, so they’ll get to see it all.”

That official visit is coming on Jan. 23, with many of the other commits, including one in particular who Gibson will get to know a bit better on the flight over.

“I’m really excited, actually,” Gibson said. “I’m flying to Atlanta early in the morning, and then I actually fly out with Russell Ude. That’ll be cool. I’ll get to meet him and all of that.”

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