Hope Mills (NC) Gray's Creek standout Jefferie Gibson is one of the state's most versatile football prospects, and this season he will get a chance to showcase that versatility for his high school team.
"We lost a lot off last year's team, but I think we're going to be really good on defense," said Gibson. "This year I'm going to play quarterback and free safety. I'm excited about playing quarterback. I will have the ball in my hands trying to make plays."
As a junior, the 6-foot-4, 190-pounder lined up at wide receiver and safety, where he totaled 70 tackles and four interceptions. He's being recruited to play both positions in college and doesn't have a preference.
"It doesn't matter to me," he said. "Lately I've been feeling free safety and defense more, but I'll play either."
Gibson's latest offer was from East Carolina, and he now holds offers from NC State, North Carolina, Clemson, and East Carolina.
"I'm also talking to LSU," said Gibson. "LSU and Notre Dame are showing interest."
NC State has been recruiting Gibson extremely hard, and he has made several visits to Raleigh to check out the Wolfpack.
"I've been up there a lot because they are close to home, and I have a lot of interest in them," said Gibson.
He's being recruited by safeties coach Clayton White, who is developing a strong relationship with him.
"I would say I talk the most to coach White from NC State and coach Reed from Clemson," said Gibson. "Both of them I like a lot. Coach White, he's a cool guy. He tries to do whatever it takes to get his recruits up to NC State.
"Coach Reed, I've known him for a long time, since when he was at State. I like him a lot too."
NC State checked in on Gibson this week, with wideouts coach Frisman Jackson making the visit.
"Coach Jackson came in [on Tuesday]," Gibson stated. "They are recruiting me to play receiver, so I've been talking with him too. We've talked about how I would fit in and they need receivers that can come in and play."
Gibson had previously stated that he would be looking to make a decision following the spring evaluation period, and that seems to be the case.
"I don't really have a date, but it will probably be within the next two weeks," said Gibson. "I'm looking for a great program with early playing time.
"There is no leader. I'm just going to talk with my family and make a decision here soon."
Gibson nearing a decision
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