Potomac (Dumfries, Va.) High School offensive lineman Jesus Gibbs is going to do a little bit more than play offensive line this upcoming season.
The 6-foot-4, 272 pound 2018 prospect plans to prowl the trenches on both sides of the field. The working plan is for him to take snaps offensively at tackle, guard, center and even tight end. Defensively? He’s going to play as defensive end, defensive tackle and even outside linebacker.
“My role is expanding. Everywhere in the trenches,” Gibbs said.
Interest in this three-star offensive tackle is also expanding. He’s sitting on nearly a dozen offers and has started getting interest during the last couple months from both Penn State and Clemson.
“The recruiting process has been very sporadic and different. It is exciting, but it’s also hard,” Gibbs said. “You don’t hear kids say this often, but the recruiting process is hard. You want to communicate with the coaches. They have a life as well, I get that. But as a student, I’m at the school from 7 a.m. until 2 or 3 p.m. After that, from 3 to 5, 6 or 7 we usually stay after school for sports.”
Gibbs elaborated a bit more.
“So my school day goes from about 7 (a.m.) to 6 (p.m.) basically. Then I get home, shower and eat. Then get homework in. Only then do I get to my phone. That’s a short window,” he said. “Most coaches go to bed early because they have to get up early. I have a small window of opportunity to communicate aside from just a text here and a text there.”
The latest to offer Gibbs is Kansas.
“Two or three days ago I started communicating with the Kansas coaches — (offensive line) coach (Zach) Yenzer. He’s been pretty straight forward,” he said. “We’ve gotten to know each other well. I like it because I haven’t been talking to a graduate assistant. Sometimes they beat around the bush. With the position coach or the head coach, it’s more one-on-one.”
When asked what he was looking for in a college, Gibbs was abundantly prepared, citing a list.
“I have three things that I’m looking for. Number one is academics. Does the school have the major I want. I want to go into business,” he said. “Number two, I’ll look at the football program, but not in terms of wins and losses. What is life like with the coaches. How do the players interact with the coaching staff? What is the environment like and the environment like for the football team.
“Third is proximity.”