Jordan Giberti visited the Florida camp on the last day session in June and was impressive in doing so. The lifelong Gators fan’s parents both graduated from Florida and now he attends high school just a couple of miles away from the campus.
“I liked the camp at Florida,” Giberti said. “I was introduced to Coach Lawing last year. Calvin Brown (teammate) and I went and it was good. Coach Lawing is a great coach and we went through some good drills. I ran the 40 in 4.8. I think I did my 1on1’s pretty well. I think I handled my own.”
Brad Lawing came to Florida over a year ago with a great track record of recruiting and coaching up defensive linemen. His guys also seem to like him a great deal. Giberti has learned that quickly.
“The times I have talked to him, he seems like a laid back type of guy, a player’s type of coach that the players enjoy playing for,” Giberti said of Lawing. “I get the vibe from the defensive linemen that they enjoy his experiences and what he brings to the table. There are some coaches you just want to get on that field and play for. Coach Lawing is that kind of coach.”
Lawing liked what Giberti did on Florida Field that day and wants to stay in contact.
“Coach Lawing said he would stay in contact with me and that I can come to the games when I want,” Giberti said. “He said he would talk to me when he can… September 1. He did say he likes me. He likes my explosiveness off the ball and my pass rush capabilities.”
Giberti also tripped to Lexington, Kentucky and former Auburn defensive lineman Jimmy Brumbaugh, who coaches at Kentucky, also liked what he saw in the young man.
“Coach Brumbaugh is their defensive line coach up there and some of our defensive coaches are good friends with him,” Giberti said. “He gave us kind of VIP treatment. The Kentucky camp was a lot bigger with more kids, so I didn’t get as much time in 1on1’s that I wanted to. I did enjoy y time there it was great.”
Giberti finished the spring with a full scholarship ride to play football at Utah. The Utes have been all over the place in north central Florida and know there is a lot of talent in the area. Defensive coordinator Kalani Fifita Sitake spends a lot of time in the area.
“Utah offered on April 1,” Giberti said. “Coach Kalani is the defensive coordinator and is cousins with my old head coach. He recruits a lot of Gainesville guys. I have seen him around GHS a lot. He’s a real cool guy, kind of young. He told Coach Daniels that he offered and I found out that way. I talked to them a month after the offer. He said he liked what he saw and he offered.“
With one offer, Giberti isn’t ready to make a decision just yet. He will work hard to get to the point where there are several to choose from. If the Gators come calling, it could really could make him think.
“I don’t know how it would go if they were to offer me,” he said of the Gators. “I don’t think it would be any time soon. If they were to offer, it would definitely shake things up a little bit. It would definitely be something I would have to think hard about.”
Inevitably it appears academics will play a huge part in the decision making process for him and his mother Kim will make sure of that.
“A lot of schools have great academics, but my mom is very strong on academics,” Giberti said. It would have to be a school that she thinks is right for me and I think that I fit in. If there is a smaller school that seems right for me, I might just have to make that decision.”
He also puts a lot of emphasis on the coaching staff and his relationship with them.
“I am big on liking the coaches,” he said. “If I am comfortable with the coach and the coach makes me feel like I am a special player, then I will fit right along.”