"First off was Coach (Keith) Gilmore. The fact he keeps producing first round NFL draft choices is definitely a plus. And then on top of that, if I'm gonna spend most of my time with the d-line coach, I need to have a good relationship with him. He and I have a great relationship.
"Second was the fact Coach (Tim) Beckman said I could still take my visits and go to camps. Coach Beckman tells me they will just recruit me harder than they did before to make sure I don't go anywhere else."Also, Illinois has a very good Business school."
The 6'-2", 290 pounder has both power and speed for defensive tackle. He performed well at the Nike Football Training Camp in Columbus last Saturday.
"That's what they tell me. I lost one of the one-on-ones, and that's two too many for me. Other than that, I just show what I can do."
Gibbs, who throws the shot put and discus this spring, has a busy summer scheduled.
"I'm going to a camp at Michigan State. I'm also gonna visit Alabama, LSU, Ohio State and Wisconsin. I also hope to visit Illinois during the summer."
Gibbs becomes the 9th known UI commitment for the 2013 signing class.