Analysis: Gophers find a gem in WR Erik Gibson

Detroit King wide receiver Erik Gibson has committed to Minnesota. Scout has seen him in person several times this offseason. We give our take here.

Gibson had a big junior year at Redford Thurston as both a safety and receiver. After the fall semester, however, he transferred to Detroit King. He began making noise at offseason camps like Camp Pride, the Legacy Showcase and in particular, the Cleveland Opening Regional. Before Cleveland, he held several MAC and FCS offers. Following his 4.68 forty yard dash, which was one of the best times on a slow track, he began to hear from more schools. Minnesota, whose staff he had a good relationship with because he visited them several times when they were at Western Michigan, became the first Power 5 school to offer him a scholarship. He visited the Twin Cities and committed the following weekend.

Scouting Report:
Gibson has nice size. He measured 6-foot-1 1/2, 200 pounds in Cleveland. His best attribute is ball skills. He catches passes in traffic, high points the ball, and shows excellent body control and hand-eye coordination. He is a smoother kid but does have some burst and ability to get downfield. We would not consider him a top-end after the catch guy, but he does offer the ability to make some things happen after he catches the ball. He can still continue to improve on his explosiveness and top end speed, but he has shown to be much better in those departments than given credit for. Part of that is, he is a very smooth kid. In the blocking department, he has good size and strength, but we have not had a chance to see him do a ton of blocking yet.

We like Gibson's game. He is a nice-sized outside receiver who attacks the ball and has sure hands. It remains to be seen if he is a gamebreaker, but we view him as a high floor guy. He will have a chance to really explode this season at Detroit King where he will see good competition and we think we will learn a lot more about him then, but as it stands, we believe Minnesota got a steal.

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