Euclid Ohio linebacker Thaddeus Gibson is a priority recruit for a number of teams in the Big Ten conference. Both Michigan and Ohio State threw their hats in the ring very early in the process, but the Iowa Hawkeyes have turned up the heat more than any other school recently. "Iowa is recruiting me the hardest," Gibson said. "I get a letter from Iowa everyday."
National powers like USC and Miami have also inquired about the hard-hitting athlete. When reviewing his stats from last season, it's easy to see why. With 13 sacks, 26 hurries, and two interceptions (one of which was returned one for a 47 yard touchdown), Gibson is without question an impact player. As a matter of fact, he patterns his game after a NFL player with the same sort of reputation. "I'm 6-2.5, and right now I'm 210 pounds," Gibson said. "My last 40 down at USC (for their summer camp), I ran a 4.5. I'm fast and hard-hitting like Ray Lewis."
Gibson's camping experience in southern California showed him that he didn't want to be that far away from home. That sentiment was echoed by a few family members that have already expressed a desire for him to stay within the confines of Ohio. "I grew up watching the Buckeyes, and my uncle and his friends want me to go there," Gibson said. "But I'm wide open."
Michigan, Ohio State, Iowa, and Miami received specific mention when asked what teams he considering at this point. Gibson has already been to Columbus on a number of occasions and also tripped to Ann Arbor back in the spring. "I've been down to Michigan on an unofficial visit and I really liked it," he said. "It was great. It's real small and compact. Everything is right there. You really don't have to go too far to get where you've got to go."
When the fall rolls around, Gibson plans to utilize all of his official visits.
The comfort level he establishes on the respective campuses will go a long way
toward determining where he eventually ends up. "I haven't set up any officials
yet," Gibson said. "On the trips I'll be looking to see how comfortable
I am because I've got to be comfortable. I'll be looking at the education, most
definitely. I'm not going to say that I have to go to a school and play right
from the top, but I really do want the chance to play soon. I'm probably going
to make my decision after my season."