Giberti talks Gators, Gamecocks

As a first year tight end in 2014, Jordan Giberti made a huge impression on Gainesville area fans. The Gainesville High School two-way threat opened a lot of eyes playing tight end for the first time. Giberti already has offers from South Carolina and Utah, and the Florida Gators are starting to chime in with their interest as well.

The local Florida program is under new management with head coach Jim McElwain leading the way. With that in mind, they have a lot of catching up to do in terms of recruiting and spent the visiting period in January getting around and seeing as many schools and prospects as they could.

They made sure to visit the local schools in January including Gainesville High where McElwain and tight end coach Greg Nord stopped in to see the coach and catch a glimpse of Jordan Giberti.

“I really like both coaches, they are really cool guys,” Giberti said of the brief encounter. “What you see is what you get with both. They are really nice people.”

“Coach Mac said I have pretty good size on me. Coach Nord says he wants to really get to know me personally. They couldn’t talk much, but they told my coach they like my athletic capability to go up and make a play.

One program that has been on Giberti for a while and has made him a priority is South Carolina. The Gamecocks have been by to see him play a couple of times and they invited the young man iup for a junior day earlier in the month.

“I really enjoyed it, it went really well,” Giberti said about the trip to Columbia. “I got to meet the whole coaching staff, basically for the first time. I got to sit down with Coach Scott Spurrier, the tight end’s coach. I got to know them on a personal level. I saw the campus and everything and enjoyed everything about it.”

The youngest of Coach Steve Spurrier’s children, Scott had time to make an impression on Giberti.

“They gave us 20 minutes to go sit down with our player coaches and I was the only tight end there,” he said. So, Coach Scott and I got some one-on-one time for about 20 minutes. He went into the depth chart and just football stuff. He seems like a good coach and the other players like him.”

The assistant coaches at Utah that were recruiting him have moved on, so Giberti is waiting to hear more from them lately. But, Cincinnati and UCF are a couple of schools that have shown a great deal of interest in the last couple of months. Most schools are very interested in coming back in the spring and checking in on the young man.

Right now, he has his mind set on working on his offensive game. He’s been a defensive end for most of his playing days and the change to tight end got things going for him. Although he isn’t exactly sure what side of the ball he will end up on, he wants to spend some time working on his offensive game.

“I would think most coaches are coming at me at tight end right now, but there might be a school that is interested at defensive end,” he said. “I am just focusing on being more of an offensive minded player. This last season I was thrown in at tight end and didn’t know too much about it. My first catch was the first route I ever ran on a high school stage. I just want to get to know more of the offensive job I am supposed to do. I need better route running and better blocking technique… just the fundamentals right now.”

Stay tuned to as we continue to follow the play and recruitment of Jordan Giberti.

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