For Marksville, LA safety Ricky Gibson, the next several months will be big ones for his recruitment. By taking one look at the statistics that he has compiled over the last two seasons, one can easily see why the recruitment of Gibson has started to pick up steam. As a sophomore Gibson made 146 tackles and one interception, good enough for him to be recognized as a Sophomore Air Force All-American.
During his junior campaign Gibson was able to collect 98 tackles to go along with two interceptions. Gibson was also named 3A First Team All-State as a junior. The 6-2 190 pound safety has seen his recruitment pick up in recent months, hearing from schools around the South.
"The recruiting process is going well," explained Gibson. "I talk to a lot of colleges and they tell me about how they like the way I play. I'm hearing from a lot of schools like LSU. I'm getting letters from UL Lafayette and Tulane as well."
One school that has been in contact with Gibson since the beginning of the process is LSU. Being that Gibson hails from Louisiana, it should come as no surprise that running backs coach Frank Wilson has taken the lead in his recruitment.
"Coach Wilson has been in contact with me quite frequently," Gibson told TSD. "I speak with them or get letters from them about twice a week. I'm hoping that I can start building a good relationship with Coach Wilson during my visit, and then just let it grow from there."
The visit that Gibson is speaking of is LSU's Boys from the Boot, taking place on January 12th. Gibson explained that the visit is something he has been looking forward to for a long time. He also explained that it would be a great chance for his father to get an in-depth look at the LSU football program.
"They want me to come to the Boys from the Boot visit weekend," said Gibson. "I am definitely going to be attending that. My father is going to be attending the event with me. I just want to see how the program works and things like that. They haven't really hinted that an offer may be on the way, but I'm just trying to keep an open mind right now."
While Gibson does not currently hold any offers, he explained that he knows of one school that would make his dream come true if they were to offer.
"I haven't really thought about if I would commit if LSU offered me at junior day, but I would probably take it," said Gibson. "I used to watch them when I was little, so it would be a dream come true to play for LSU. That's a pretty big deal."
Aside from his upcoming LSU visit, Gibson explained that he doesn't have any immediate plans to visit other schools.
"I don't really have any other visits planned at this point," said Gibson. "I'll figure that out later. I'm planning on going to a lot of camps this summer to show people what I can do."
Gibson is already gearing up for the most difficult decision of his life, when offers do start rolling in. While he will entertain everyone, Gibson explained that distance from home would be a deciding factor when choosing a college.
"It's going to be very hard for me to make a decision," said Gibson. "Distance will definitely be a factor because I want my family to be able to attend all of my games."
Gibson ready for LSU visit
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