Coach's Corner: Ricky Gibson

Coach JT Dunbar spoke with TSD today about his star player Ricky Gibson. After two great seasons, Dunbar is once again expecting big things out of Gibson. Dunbar discusses that and how the recruiting process is progressing for Gibson in this week's Coach's Corner.

Over the last two seasons at Marksville High School, defensive back Ricky Gibson has been able to produce some pretty incredible numbers. As a sophomore, Gibson was named to the 3A All-State team as well as the sophomore Air Force All-American team. Gibson collected 146 tackles and recorded one interception as a sophomore. As a junior, Gibson played primarily safety and ended the season with 98 tackles and two interceptions.

Coach JT Dunbar joined TSD today to discuss his star player. According to Dunbar, Gibson is primed and ready to have another big year in 2013, something the Marksville coaching staff has grown to expect of him.

"We expect big things from him," said Dunbar. "As a sophomore we were able to do some things with him that I have never been able to do with another player. He is a hybrid player that can play in the box at linebacker and he can also play safety."

"He has great ball skills and will be moved around a lot this fall. He can handle the complex role that we ask of him because he has a very high football IQ."

Because of the amount of production that Gibson has posted, Dunbar explained that it was only a matter of time until colleges began to take notice. Gibson has been hearing from a number of schools from around the country, including a couple from his home state of Louisiana.

"LSU has been on him," said Dunbar. "Oklahoma State really jumped on the bandwagon a few days ago. They haven't offered him, but I had a good conversations with the coaches and they really sound like they are about to offer him."

"Mississippi State is on him pretty hard, as is Nebraska, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, and Louisiana Tech. All of the instate schools are very high on him. Oklahoma State is going to be a big one."

One question regarding Gibson is where he will line up at on the next level. According to Dunbar, most schools are looking at him as a safety. However, Dunbar believes that Gibson has the ability to transition into a linebacker in college, given the frame that he has already.

"I think he would fit really well at linebacker in college just because he is so natural at the position," said Dunbar. "He is up to 6-3 190 right now and he could easily get to 220-230 pounds. Most schools like him as a safety and that is where Oklahoma State and LSU are recruiting him at right now."

While Gibson does not currently hold any offers, it is only a matter of time until the rising senior gets his first one. Dunbar explained that Oklahoma State is going to be passing through Marksville this spring to see Gibson.

In terms of the possibility of an offer from LSU, Dunbar believes that an offer from the Tigers is dependent on a good camp performance by Gibson.

"I think the LSU camp will be big for him," said Dunbar. "If he does get an offer from LSU, it will come then. He went to their camp last year, and they liked him, but they want to see more of him. I think they have 2-3 safeties rated ahead of him, but camp could change that according to their staff."

Dunbar also said that Gibson is wrapping up his visits for the spring within the next few weeks. Aside from the visits that Gibson has already taken, Dunbar explained that the summer camp circuit is the next step for the talented class of 2014 prospect.

"Besides a couple more junior days, he doesn't have a whole lot else planned," said Dunbar. "He may go by one of the LSU practices. He will camp at LSU as well."

Even though it has seemed as if Gibson has been waiting on an offer from LSU, Dunbar believes that he will examine all of his options once offers start to come through before making a decision. While Gibson will look at all of his options, Dunbar explained that LSU is the school that Gibson has always wanted to attend.

"I think if he got an LSU offer early enough, I think he would accept that offer," said Dunbar. "However, if it drags along and he gets another big offer from another school, I'm not sure that would be the case."

"He is a great kid and I could see him committing early to someone if he is comfortable there. But, LSU is certainly his dream offer."


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