Stephen Gibson, a 6-foot-4, 235-pound defensive end from Archbishop Shaw High School in Marrero, La. couldn't make his trip to Kansas State last weekend for an official visit and hopes to reschedule for January.
Gibson is also considering official visits to Louisiana Tech, Pittsburgh, and North Carolina, but getting to Manhattan is still high on his agenda.
"Everything Coach (Smith) has told me about the program has me very interested in Kansas State," said Stephen Gibson. "With Coach Snyder being there again, they've made quite a turnaround. He's one of the best coaches in history."
Smith, Kansas State wide receiver coach and native New Orleanian, has done well recruiting his home state to his alma mater. He's hoping to reel in a big target from the Crescent City.
"Coach Smith has connected with me not just on a football level but also on a friendship level," said Gibson. "I'm interested in getting up to K-State and learning more about the program. It just didn't work out for me this weekend."
Gibson was hoping for a strong finish with the Archbishop Shaw Eagles in his last go-round. However, the team suffered a first round playoff loss to Neville on November 11th ending his prep football career.
"We were pretty disappointed," Gibson said. "We certainly were hoping to make a deeper run. I thought I did pretty well this year. In the off-season I put on weight, and that helped in my run stop game. I also felt like I was a lot faster to the ball and quicker off the line."
Former Archbishop Shaw players include Chad Boyd, a starting defensive back at Louisiana Tech, and Elliott Porter, now with the LSU program. Gibson's teammate, Ryan Brown, committed to Mississippi State in June. Gibson most likely won't decide on a college until late-January, but he has a good idea of what he's looking for.
"I'm going to go into it with an eye on the defensive line coach," said Gibson. "I want someone I can see myself getting better as a player and have a good relationship with.
"Education is very important for me. I want to go to a program that's not just going to prepare me to be a good football player, but to become a better person."
Gibson says he doesn't plan to play any winter or spring sports but to workout with his trainer until graduation in May. He was selected to play in the Lake Pontchartrain All-Star Football Classic which will be held December 19th at the Louisiana Superdome featuring top senior talent from Orleans and Jefferson Parish.
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