With the Wildcats set to lose both Calvin Harrison and Ashton Cobb after this season, adding help at the safety position was obviously a priority. The staff apparently saw a need for some additional experience coming in and went the JuCo route with Joshua Gibbs. Gibbs believes he can help out when those seniors graduate.
"I can play in the box," said Gibbs. "I can read the run, I make big plays and big tackles. My cover skills are good too, they have to be. We run a 3-3-5 (defensive scheme) and as a safety I play over the top a lot," he said.
The 5-foot-11, 200-pounder expects to remain at safety when he gets to campus. "They are recruiting me at free-safety or strong safety. I'd rather play strong safety. I like to play closer to the line," he said.
Gibbs made his commitment to Kentucky with no other offers in hand. He was receiving interest from Auburn and Nevada, however. But he explained why he chose Kentucky. "I haven't heard from many others. Nevada was talking about offering me. A lot of schools say 'this and that', but Kentucky came straight out with the paperwork. I have a lot of respect for that. Kentucky came through on their word," he said.
What else played into the decision? "Playing in the SEC. My brother played for Vandy. He played in the SEC and I wouldn't want to play in any other conference. And I've been on the west coast all my life. I wanted experience something new," Gibbs said.
Last season as a freshman, Gibbs was named all-conference after gathering 53 tackles and four interceptions. This season Gibbs is picking up where he left off with 12 tackles through two games.
He'll be making his official visit to Kentucky for the Mississippi State game and after that it won't be long before the Wildcats see him again.
"I'm leaving (for Kentucky) right after the season is over. I'll be there for spring practice," said Gibbs.