Ohio LB Has Michigan in Top Two

One area of dire need for Michigan football this recruiting season is the <b>linebacker position</b>. <br><br>One top Ohio 'backer recently <b>received an offer</b> from the Wolverines, and has them as <b>one of his top two</b> favorites. <br><br> An <b>early decision</b> is in the plans; will it be for the Maize and Blue? He has both OSU and U-M influences -- read on!<br>

Linebacker is a major position of need for Michigan in this recruiting class. At the outside spot senior Pierre Woods departs after this season, and Lamarr Woodley, Tim Jamison and Shawn Crable are the players pegged for the position at the beginning of spring practice. In the fall, incoming freshmen Brandon Logan and Chris McLaurin look to move inside and down, respectively. So, Michigan fans may want to pay attention to a speedy outside linebacker prospect by the name of Thaddeus Gibson of Euclid, Ohio High School.

Gibson was first offered by Ohio State, and just last week received his most recent offer. "Michigan coach Scot Loeffler called my school on Monday or Tuesday and told my coach I had an offer from Michigan," Gibson said. "I have to say right now it is between Ohio State and Michigan. I want to stay close to home so my family can come see me play." He also reports offers from Purdue, Miami (Ohio), and Akron.

The 6-foot-3, 208-pound Gibson said he has yet to step foot on the Michigan campus, something he is hoping to change this weekend. "My basketball coach said he wants to take me up to Michigan's spring practice this weekend," he said. "I also just got a letter from Coach Loeffler yesterday telling me that Coach Carr wants to come down to my school sometime this spring." He said he will also visit Ohio State during their spring session.

Gibson said he has been to the Ohio State campus on several occasions. "I've been to a few of their practices," he said. "I went to their games against Wisconsin and Cincinnati last year, it was a lot of fun. Coach Mel Tucker was recruiting me, but he left for the (Cleveland) Browns, so I don't know who my recruiter at OSU is now."

He said he attended the camp at LSU last year, and reports a 4.4 in the 40. Gibson is set on what position he wants to play in college. "I love to play outside linebacker," he said. "That is definitely where I want to play in college. I'll play some wide receiver this fall, but I'm defense all the way." During his junior year Gibson had 66 tackles, 17 sacks and two interceptions, one a 47-yard touchdown return. He said he would like to camp at USC this year. "They've been sending me some letters," he said. "I'd like to check them out."

As always seems to be the case when battles of any kind involve Michigan and Ohio State, a rivalry has ensued within the Gibson family. "My uncles all want me to go to Ohio State," he said. "My mom is set on Michigan. I don't know why but she just likes them."

Scholastically, Gibson reports a 2.7 grade-point-average and said he would like to major in business. He said he would take the SAT in May.

Gibson said he is looking to avoid the distraction of recruiting during the season, and hopes to decide sometime this summer. "But it is possible I may decide during one of my visits to OSU or Michigan," he said.

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