Stephen Gibson, a 6-foot-4, 240 pound defensive lineman from Archbishop Shaw High School in Marrero, La., has 15 offers to his credit. He's not ready to commit or tip his hand yet, but enjoyed his time going to camps during the summer.
"I went to a lot of camps," said Stephen Gibson. "Baylor, TCU, ULM, Southeastern (La.), Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, and Colorado. I was planning on going to Kansas State's camp on July 30th, but unfortunately money got tight and I couldn't make it up there."
Gibson's first offer came from Louisiana- Lafayette and most recently was offered by Southern Miss. Other offers to his credit include Colorado, Kansas, Kansas State, Pitt, and SMU.
"The offer from Kansas State came right after spring practice ended," Gibson said. "It was around late May, early June when Coach (Mike) Smith offered me. I think it's a very good program. From what I've been reading about them, they have a great history, culture, and atmosphere. One of my favorite players went there, Josh Freeman. We have five or six Saturday games, but I'm hoping to make it up to campus for a game this fall."
After transferring to Archbishop Shaw from New Orleans area, De La Salle, Gibson had what he calls a ‘breakout season' as a junior. He made 69 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, and five and a half sacks at defensive end.
"In the spring I felt like I improved on my hand technique and on my explosiveness coming off the line on the right side, or weak side. We run a 3-4 defense. Ryan Brown, who committed to Mississippi State, comes off the left side. We should be tough up front on defense. I'm up 15 pounds from what I played at last year. I feel stronger and ready for a big senior year."
Starting out at 3A De La Salle with his older brother, Jonathan Gibson, a redshirt freshman cornerback at Nicholls State, Stephen Gibson opted to transfer to 5A Archbishop Shaw for his junior season. Archbishop Shaw moves to 4A (District 9) this year. It is Gibson's fourth season as a starter.
"I'd love to win a state championship and lead Archbishop Shaw back to the glory days they enjoyed as a Louisiana powerhouse," Gibson said. "We just need to keep winning games. Going undefeated would be nice."
Gibson's father, who he calls his "biggest influence" has accompanied him to the summer camps. He's not quite ready to say where he's going, but knows what he'd like to see in a university.
"My mom and dad will definitely have a role in making the decision," said Gibson, "but I'll make the final call myself. I'm looking for a good coaching staff with a D-line coach I can see myself getting a lot better under. I want a team with good defenses schemes that I can see myself fitting into.
"I'd like to go away, but not too far, like Minnesota. A place like Kansas State would be a good distance for me. I'm also looking to get a good education. I'm planning on majoring in Kinesiology. The last thing is I want to win and be a part of a winning program."
Unfortunately, Gibson hasn't played for many winning teams in high school. The De La Salle teams he played on went 4-14 in two years, and last year the Archbishop Shaw Eagles were just 4-6. He is hungry for senior season success. The Eagles begin their season September 3rd against Metairie's Archbishop Rummel. Gibson will wear No. 4 for the Green and White Eagles.
Gibson reports he has qualified academically by the NCAA Clearinghouse.
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