Bruins Pursue Gibson

California linebacker Jason Gibson said it's important for him to stay close to home when he plays football at the next level. "It's very important for me to stay close to home because I've got a good relationship with my family and I really like where I live right now," Gibson said. "UCLA is definitely recruiting me the hardest. They know I have interest in them, and I know they have..."

Jason Gibson, the 6-foot-2, 210-pound four-star linebacker/defensive end from Junipero Serra High School in Gardena, Calif. still says his top five schools are UCLA, Oregon, California, USC and Florida. All have offered.

"I don't know who my leader is out of these five schools, and I'll probably have my top two schools by the middle of the season," Gibson said. "I think I'll be ready to make my decision sometime towards the end of the season."

Though he denies a leader, Gibson does have several schools in mind for official visits. And it actually sure sounds like he has a leader or two.

"I'm planning on getting out to UCLA, Oregon, Cal and Miami (offer), and my fifth school is up in the air," he said. "Miami's not in my top five but they're my wild card if I had to have a top six list of schools."

Gibson said it's important for him to stay close to home when he plays football at the next level.

"It's very important for me to stay close to home because I've got a good relationship with my family and I really like where I live right now," he said.

"I like the Florida schools because I think they're doing great things at both places," Gibson said. "Miami and Florida are the two schools I'm looking at if I were to go out-of-state – well, them and Oregon."

But it is clear who is recruiting Gibson the hardest.

"UCLA is definitely recruiting me the hardest," he said. "They know I have interest in them, and I know they have interest in me. And I've been up there about four or five times in the past three months and have always had a good time with the coaches, players and the rest of the staff."

Scout.com's No. 5 outside linebacker is playing defensive end for Junipero Serra, but doesn't want that to be his spot in college.

"I want to play outside linebacker because, honestly, I don't think I'll ever get to the size I'll need to be to play defensive end," Gibson said. "Outside linebacker is just a better position for me honestly.

"Everyone but USC is recruiting me to play outside linebacker, with USC recruiting me to play defensive end," he said.

"USC was my favorite school as a kid," Gibson added. "My whole family likes USC. I do like what they're doing offensively and defensively, and they've got a great tradition that everybody knows about. And I don't feel the sanctions on the school are important to me. It really doesn't affect me as much and I won't base my decision on that. But right now, I have no plans to take an official visit there."

Junipero Serra will take on Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks on Friday in its first game of the regular season.

Gibson reports a 3.0 GPA and said he took the SAT in June.

"I don't know what my scores are and I don't know if I've qualified yet," he said. "I still have to take a look at my scores. I know I'll take it again but I'm unsure when."


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