Gibson Maintains Focus

Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman OL Geoff Gibson verbally committed to Cal in April soon after receiving his official offer. Nonetheless, schools continue to recruit the standout. It doesn't distract the mammoth prospect as he maintains focus on taking care of business on the field and in the classroom. CSD caught up with Gibson on Monday after a recent performance at a team camp…

Geoff Gibson (6-4, 320) was easy to spot on the field over the weekend at the Fresno State team camp. Bishop Gorman was the only non-California high school to compete. Furthermore, the Gaels were the only team to have at least one player verbally committed to play his college ball. Like his team, Gibson looked unstoppable. However, not being able to practice in pads prior to camp coupled with learning a new offense hampered their play but not their attitude.

"It felt great, back in Vegas we can't wear in pads. It's a lot of pity-pat," said Gibson. "We had fun. The camp was hard. It's a real tough camp. We enjoyed, we competed, got good reps in, working the system, overall it was a good time."

It will be the only camp Gibson will partake in this summer. Last year, he camped at Cal with teammate Xavier Grimble. After making his verbal commitment to California in April, Gibson is focused on passing his SAT and preparing for next season.

"I'm done," Gibson said of his summer camp schedule. "The offense we run is the spread. It's a real difficult offense. We ran the double wing last year, which was totally different. I ‘m just going to stay focused hit the weight room, stay with my team, hit the books for next year, and learn our new system so we can be better for the season."

He missed the deadline to register for the last SAT earlier this month, but he will take it as early as possible in September. He carries a 2.8 GPA, and he is taking summer school to improve it. He would like visit Berkeley this summer, but it may have to wait until he takes an official visit. Originally, Gibson is from Chicago and his mother still lives in the Windy City. He is waiting for her to accompany him on his trip.

"Hopefully, my mom can get back here this summer," said Gibson. "It might not happen. If not, I'm going to plan my official right after I take my SAT. But I hope I make it this summer."

Gibson played tackle this past weekend at the camp. He can play either guard or tackle at the next level. Scout.com rates him as the 24th best guard in the nation. His position at Cal is still up in the air.

"They said tackle or guard, it depends," said Gibson. "They want me to get down little bit, so I'm trying drop my weight 10-15 pounds. I rather play tackle but wherever the team needs me, wherever I'll be the best at that's where I'm going to play.

"I talked to [OL] Coach [Steve] Marshall right before I came out here (camp). He asked me how I was doing ask about my family. I'm going to call him when I get back."

Gibson remains in constant contact with Coach Marshall on a consistent basis. They hold a special bond, as he is the first verbal commit Marshall received as the Bears' new OL coach. Nonetheless, colleges continue to invite Gibson to camp and visit. But he is maintaining his focus on Cal and not thinking of the schools still recruiting him.

"There's a couple of schools but I'm not going to name them because they're not really important," said Gibson. "I'm committed on being a Cal Bear right now and that's what I'm trying to stay focused on doing."


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