Gibson has caught Saban's eye

When Nick Saban wrapped up his fifth signing class at LSU in February he made it a point to visit the top prospects in the Bayou State for 2005.

One of his first stops was to Haughton, La. to check on a big offensive lineman named Glenn Gibson.


"Coach Saban came and visited right around signing day," said Haughton head coach Rodney Guin. "Saban likes his size and the fact that he runs real well."


Gibson is a 6-foot-7, first team All-District and second team Coaches' All-State tackle who weighs 300 pounds. He also plays basketball which is one of the things that has helped bring out his potential on the gridiron.


He allowed less than five sacks as a junior for a team that operates mostly from the shotgun. He has excellent footwork for someone his size and if he continues to get stronger in the weight room then he will be playing offensive tackle on the Division-I level.


"He has great athletic ability and great hands and feet," Guin told Tiger Rag. "He moves his feet real well. Probably his greatest asset is his athletic ability. He really started developing when he figured he could be pretty good and he could have some opportunities he didn't know he would have."


Some of those opportunities could be in the form of playing in a prestigious conference such as the SEC or the Big 12 because just about all of those schools are showing interest in addition to most other national power.


"He's getting letters from everybody but most of the contact has come from the SEC and Big 12," Guin said. "Oklahoma State and Texas A&M are real interested and LSU is showing as much interest as anyone."


Gibson recently met with the school's guidance counselor and if he does well on the ACT then he should be a full academic qualifier.

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