Trevis Gipson moved from Richardson (Texas) Berkner to perennial power and defending state champion Cedar Hill in the offseason. He got his first game action for the loaded Longhorns on Saturday night at Kincaide Stadium in Dallas, where Cedar Hill opened the 2014 campaign with a 56-34 win against a talented Dallas South Oak Cliff squad.
Gipson, who had four tackles against South Oak Cliff, still holds one offer from Tulsa, which he will see in person this weekend.
"I think I'm gonna catch the Tulsa/Oklahoma game Saturday in Tulsa," said the 6-foot-3, 197-pound Gipson. "I'm just gonna go and make it (an) unofficial (visit)."
Gipson recently visited TCU and hopes to re-connect with another Big 12 program that had shown him interest during the spring.
"I wanna get to Baylor again, but I haven't been really keeping in contact with them because they wanted me at linebacker," Gipson said, "but then I moved down to defensive end. So now that I"m back at linebacker I'll see if I can get back with them."
Which position Gipson projects to is an interesting subject. He's tall and very long. At less than 200 pounds, he's thin, but his instincts and style definitely fit a player who should play in the box rather than in space as a nickel-backer or run support-oriented safety.
So with that tall, long frame and natural pass-rushing instincts, Gipson fits best as an even-front defensive end or odd-front linebacker. He's playing outside linebacker for Cedar Hill, which plays him in space often, but that's probably not something he'll be doing once he's in college.
Gipson said most schools have given him looks as a 4-3 end.
"Coming off the edge. I feel like that's one of my advantages compared to the bigger (offensive) linemen," Gipson said. "Use my long arms and quickness.
Gipson's impressive wingspan can also make an impact in passing lanes.
While his college future may be as a pass-rusher, Cedar Hill needs Gipson to be more of a traditional outside linebacker this fall, so he's been working on those skills.
"Footwork, trying to get my feet quicker, and get my 40 time down," Gipson said. "Get as fast as I can so I can get in the open field and make some plays.