Gibson Looking for UMD Offer After Camp

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Greater Johnstown (Johnstown, Pa.) cornerback Kareem Gibson kicked off his summer camp season with a pair of one-days at Virginia and Maryland, the former of which extended a scholarship.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – One of the top cornerback prospects in Pennsylvania was back in College Park for Maryland's one-day camp June 1, and Greater Johnstown (Johnstown, Pa.) three-star Kareem Gibson is hoping the Terps' coaches reward him for his efforts. The 5-foot-10, 160-pounder, who is a Prince George's County (Md.) native, said he ran well and held his own during position drills, and afterwards he received positive feedback from UMD defensive backs coach Brian Stewart.

"The camp went real good. It had a lot of good competition from the best players in the area and I think I did pretty good overall," said Gibson, who holds offers from Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Virginia, Toledo, Akron, Temple and a couple others. "Basically [the coaches] were saying to keep playing, keep competing, and I should be good. [Stewart] coached me up on breaks and told me to stay low and told me what they're looking for on the next level. He talked about how I fit in at Maryland too.

"I'm not sure if they're going to offer or not, but I hope so. Coach Ryan [Steinberg] has been on me for a minute, so we'll see if something happens there."

Gibson grew up watching the Terps and said a scholarship from them would be "big, real big." He suggested UMD could vault to the top of his personal favorites list should it pull through.

"Maryland is where I'm from originally, and it's my hometown school," Gibson said. "If they offered they would be right up there, right at the top. I know a lot of guys at Maryland now like Yannick [Ngakoue], Jermaine [Carter] and Elvis [Dennah]. I feel like I'd fit in real well there with the players and into what they do [defensively]."

A day before attending UMD's one-day, he was in Charlottesville, Va., for a visit. Gibson picked up the Virginia offer while on campus and had plenty of positive comments for the Cavaliers as well.

"I sat down and talked to Coach [Mike] London one on one, and he let me know what he's looking for in a person and what they want there," he said. "We talked about life, and he's just a cool dude. I don't even think we talked about football. He's like a father figure and someone who is going to look after me and be there for me, which every player needs."

Gibson went on to say that Virginia is one of his top suitors following the trip.

"They definitely bumped up a lot from being there and seeing what they have to offer me after football. The academics really stand out there," Gibson said. "And like with Maryland, I know like two or three guys there. One of my teammates last year signed with them, so it's good to have connections there too."

Next up for Gibson is a camp at Penn State this weekend. Later in June he'll take in Arizona, while he's also considering visiting WVU and Pittsburgh again.

"I'm waiting to hear back from PSU -- they're up there and I like them a good bit," Gibson said. "I'm going to a camp to try and get that offer [from PSU]. I think I'm going to Arizona too, and that'll probably be it for camps. I might bounce around from place to place, but those [PSU and Arizona] will probably be the last two I participate in."

Gibson said the main schools he's focused on right now are Pittsburgh, Penn State, Arizona, West Virginia, UVA and Maryland. The hometown Panthers, which have had an offer out to him for months, are considered a favorite for his services.

"Pitt is definitely up there as one of the top schools that has offered me. They stand really high. They're the backyard school and I've been there a few times," Gibson said. "Their coach was just up at my school to watch a workout too, so I definitely like them."

But Gibson insists he doesn't have any clear standouts as of yet. He said every school he's looking at is in a "real tight spot" and it will take plenty of evaluating in order to separate them.

"Definitely I'll be looking at what each school has to provide after football so I have a good degree and job. Definitely the vibe I get from the coaches there too," said Gibson, who wants to make his college selection before his senior year. "And definitely playing time and how I fit into the scheme. Those are the main factors I'll be considering."

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