Big safety looks to make big impact

Three-star signee Jefferie Gibson is finished with class at Gray's Creek High School, but the graduation ceremony isn't for another week.

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Then, almost a week to the day after he receives his high school diploma, Gibson will leave Hope Mills, North Carolina for Clemson.

"I'm really excited. I'm ready for time to fly by so I can be there," he told CUTigers, during a recent interview.

Listed at 6-3, 195, Gibson had 45 tackles and three interceptions as a senior. He ended his prep career with 10 interceptions, three of which were returned for touchdowns. He also had three punt returns for scores and two kickoff returns for scores. As a quarterback, Gibson had 149 yards rushing and 243 yards passing.

At Clemson, he'll play safety.

"I'm more looking forward to the strength and conditioning program, for the most part," Gibson said. "With me, I'm just trying to see where I'm at, how much weight I can gain and how much strength I can gain with the weight I gain, skills and drills and getting more into the playbook."

The weight room is where his sights are set.

"I'm looking to gain, maybe, another 5-10 pounds and just up my bench by about 25 pounds, just get more explosive in my lower body," he said.

Gibson's max-out on the bench press is currently at 250.

"I just hope to just be a part of the team, to help make the defense better and try to make plays. I just hope to be true freshman out there making plays this year," he said.

This fall, Gibson will wear No. 38. He'll room with Richard Yeargin III, Jabril Robinson and Trevion Thompson. Top Stories