Four-Star LB Headed to Cal Junior Day

Gardena (Calif.) Serra linebacker Jason Gibson is the nations sixth rated outside linebacker, according to The four-star prospect holds nine offers, his latest two coming from Florida and California. Next week, he plans to attend Junior Day in Berkeley. Check inside for the latest on Gibson's recruitment…

Jason Gibson (6-2, 210) starred on a 15-0 Serra team that won the CIF D3 State Championship in 2009. He recorded 94 tackles, 15.5 sacks and one forced fumble. Now, he turns his attention to recruiting, where he holds nine offers from as follows: Arizona, Arizona State, California, Florida, Stanford, Tennessee, UCLA Washington and Washington State.

The Gators and Golden Bears are his latest offers as he awaits his 10th. "Oregon said they are going to offer but I haven't received it yet," said Gibson.

Meantime, he is preparing for his first trip to Berkeley to attend Cal's Junior Day next weekend.

"I'm about to take a visit to Cal next Friday for junior day," said Gibson. "This will be my first time visiting the campus. I heard it's a huge campus. I can't wait to meet the players, coaches and see the surroundings."

Gibson says the Bears are recruiting him as an outside backer. "It doesn't make a difference to me," added Gibson about playing on the weak side or strong side.

He attended Stanford's Junior Day last year as sophomore, his only other campus visit in his young career. "It was pretty cool," said Gibson. "I didn't think [the campus] was that big. I plan to go up there again."

Gibson says all the schools recruiting him are even. However, there is one offer he covets. "USC is one I'm waiting on," he said. "I will be happy if they offer me. My family follows USC. I've always liked USC. I grew up liking them."

New Trojan head coach Lane Kiffin offered Gibson when he was the head coach at Tennessee. Kiffin hasn't offered while at SC and Gibson says he has not spoken to the new Volunteer staff since Derek Dooley became the new head coach. "I get a lot of mail from Tennessee," Gibson added. "At first I was excited [about the offer] but I don't have interest in them as much now."

Nonetheless, Gibson says Cal is recruiting him the hardest now. "I talked to Cal a lot," he added. "I talked to [RB] Coach Ron Gould mostly, and I talked to the LB coach [Kenwick Thompson] a couple times. They are showing me the most love. They're always checking up on me."

Gibson says his out of state offers are intriguing. "I'm excited about the Florida offer," he says. But he is unsure if he wants to go that far away from the Golden State. "Being close to home is important," he added.

He hasn't ruled out any schools, but he does have criteria when he makes his decision.

"The surroundings, I have to like the surroundings," he said. "How the players and coaches are and how comfortable I am in the community."

While that may be the main factor in his recruitment, he says playing for a prestigious program and early playing time are other aspects he will consider. "I want to be a part of the team, I don't want to sit," Gibson added. "I know I will have to work hard, but I want to make an impact as a freshman."

Gibson is the process of narrowing his list of schools. He claims no favorites but does list a few schools that have caught his eye early in the process. "Stanford, USC, Cal, Florida and maybe Oregon," said Gibson. "I would like to visit Washington too. I'm going up there in the summer."

He plans to make his decision during his senior year closer to signing day. "I'll probably announce [my decision] at a [All-American] bowl game, if I get invited."

Gibson reports a 3.4 GPA. He has signed up for the SAT and will take it next month.

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