Within the past several weeks, The Colony (Texas) 2018 safety Jaxon Gibbs has emerged as an FBS-caliber prospect in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.
Gibbs, who played his junior season at nearby Frisco Centennial, has garnered four FBS offers, including one Power Five conference offer, in recent weeks.
The Illinois offer came June 22. Receivers coach Andrew Hayes-Stoker recruits Gibbs for the Fighting Illini.
What has Gibbs heard from Hayes-Stoker?
"He's just saying that he wants me to get up there as soon as possible for a visit. That's basically it," Gibbs said. "They like that I can play all over the field, and that I'm a lock-down DB."
Gibbs can indeed move around the secondary. While safety is his most natural spot, some schools see him as a position-versatile defensive back.
One of those schools is TCU, which has not offered Gibbs, but wants him to camp later in July.
"They're gonna keep an eye on me," said Gibbs, who added that he's heard from TCU defensive line coach Dan Sharp. "If I do well at this upcoming camp, I could like get an offer."
"I plan to commit by the end of the summer," Gibbs said.
As a junior in 2016, Gibbs recorded 106 tackles, six tackles for loss, two interceptions, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and seven pass breakups.
Gibbs prides himself on his ability as a hitter, which is evident on tape. He said he's working on mental aspects of his game as he prepares for his senior season.
"I have a lot of passion for the game, so it kinda gets stuck in my head when I make bad plays," Gibbs said. "Working on trying to get over it and move on to the next play."