Gibson gets visit from UT Coach Baggett

One of Memphis' top running backs got a surprise visit today. Artaves Gibson, who has grown up a Tennessee Volunteer fan, got the visit he had been hoping for Tuesday afternoon. Go "Inside" for the latest on Gibson's recruitment and how the Vols stand for his services.

One of Memphis' top running backs got a surprise visit today.

Artaves Gibson, who has grown up a Tennessee Volunteer fan, got the visit he had been hoping for Tuesday afternoon.

New Tennessee coach Charlie Baggett made a stop by Memphis Mitchell High School today to see firsthand what type of athlete Gibson was.

"He definitely passed Coach Baggett's eyeball test," Mitchell Coach Vernon Woods told InsideTennessee.com. "Coach Baggett was really impressed with him. He likes his running style a lot."

This is music to Gibson's ears.

"I have been waiting for UT to stop by and show some interest," Gibson said Tuesday night. "I thought they had forgot me. I was so happy that they stopped by the school to watch me work out."

According to Coach Woods, the chances of Gibson picking up an offer from the Vols are pretty good.

"According to Coach Baggett, they are very close to offering," Woods said. "He said that (Derek) Dooley wants to see Gibson in person before the offer, that he perhaps would extend the offer in person."

Gibson plans on making a trip to Knoxville in the near future and possibly will attend the Vols summer camp at Rocky Top.

"We will definitely get to the campus some time in the next month or so," Gibson said. "I grew up a big Tennessee fan. This visit today made my day and my month."

The visit seems to have left a big impression on Gibson.

"Tennessee is definitely back on top as my favorite," Gibson said. "I grew up Orange and White, after today they are definitely No. 1."

Gibson currently holds official offers from LSU, Kentucky, Illinois and Memphis.

Two other college coaches made the stop by the school Tuesday, including Louisville and Vanderbilt.

It appears that Coach Baggett made a good impression on the Mitchell coaching staff.

"He seems to be a great guy," Coach Woods said. "It's great to see that recruiting Memphis is a priority again for the University of Tennessee."


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