What it means: This was a recruit Mark Richt’s UGA probably would not have signed. Gibbs appeared headed out of state to play college football. Now he’s headed to Athens as the top overall prospect in this class.
That’s a pretty amazing turnaround, and that shouldn't be undersold.
Consider that Gibbs, Jake Fromm and Isaiah Wilson (three of the top four prospects in this class) would likely not have been in this signing class without Kirby Smart taking over at Georgia. That’s not a knock at Richt and his former staff, but a reality check in the brutal world that is college football recruiting.
So what does Gibbs give the Dawgs? Versatility and choices. Is he a defensive back? Is he a receiver? Is he both?
Gibbs is considered the No. 1 overall athlete in the 2016 class, and there really is a question as to where to play him.
“They’ve talked with me about playing both sides of the ball when I get there,” Gibbs said.
We can’t know the specifics of Gibbs’ future at Georgia, but it most certainly will be bright.
Dean Legge saw him live: 2016 IMG at Grayson; 2016 Grayson vs. Roswell
Chad Simmons says: Gibbs is a special talent. He can do about anything you want on the football field from an athletic standpoint. He is best at wide receiver entering his junior season, but cornerback or safety may be where he ends up down the road.
He is very fluid and he can really run with the best as a defensive back. His ball skills, body control, and speed are strengths on either side of the ball. Just a natural star.