Ohio LB Thad Gibson Names His Leader

Both SuperPrep's Allen Wallace and Bucknuts.com's Steve Helwagon conducted interviews Tuesday with Cleveland linebacker Thaddeus Gibson, Scout.com's no. 47 prospect. Gibson has made official visits to Michigan and Tennessee, and is visiting Ohio State this weekend.

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Allen Wallace Interview

"I 'd say there's a 65-70 percent chance I'll commit to Ohio State over the other programs," said Gibson, from Euclid High School. "I'll be going to visit Ohio State this weekend (Jan. 13) with my parents. This will be the first trip they have come on. I've already been to Michigan and Tennessee, but I went alone.

"I don't think I'll commit to Ohio State when I'm on my visit. I'll want to come back home and think about it before I make my decision. I might go to Penn State the next week. But I haven't talked with the Penn State coaches in about two weeks, so I'm not sure.

"Ohio State should be ranked No. 1 in the pre-season," he said. "Vince Young is going to the NFL. Another reason I like them is that they are close to home and they have some great players, like Troy Smith (quarterback). I'm also good friends with Brandon Smith (freshman tight end) who also went to Euclid High School.

"Tennessee would be my No. 2 choice behind Ohio State. I felt comfortable there on my trip (Dec. 2). The atmosphere is great and I liked the coaches and the players.

"I also like Michigan because they are close to home too, about two and a half hours away, like Ohio State. Michigan is also a great academic school. They are ranked pretty high.

"All these schools want me to play outside linebacker. I'm a great pass rusher off the edge. I'm very athletic. I do my own stunts out there. I don't just blow through someone. I shake by them with moves that I have, like a swim move. I'm just natural, I guess."

Final senior (7-3) stats: 56 tackles/30 solos/11 sacks/2 blocked punts/4 fumbles recovered/2 fumbles caused/1 kick return for a TD.

Gibson said he expects to play in the Big 33 game this summer, pitting the best players in Ohio versus the best in Pennsylvania.

He reports a 2.7 core GPA/15 ACT--Feb 11 retake.



Bucknuts.com Interview:

Euclid, Ohio, linebacker Thaddeus Gibson is due to make an official visit to Ohio State this weekend. Bucknuts talked to Gibson and he discussed where things stand with his recruitment as well as with his academics.

Euclid, Ohio, linebacker Thaddeus Gibson will make his scheduled official visit to Ohio State this weekend, but there is a catch.

"I have a basketball game Saturday afternoon," Gibson said. "So I'll go down after the game and then stay through Monday since it's Martin Luther King Day."

Gibson (6-3, 215, 4.55) is, perhaps, the highest ranking recruit still looking at Ohio State. He is ranked as Ohio's No. 2 overall prospect by Ohio High and No. 4 in the state by Scout.com. He is also the nation's No. 7 linebacker and No. 53 prospect overall, according to Scout.com.

He has already made visits to Michigan and Tennessee.

"I have been talking to (OSU assistants Tim) Beckman and (Luke) Fickell," Gibson said. "This week (with the coaches convention) is an off-week for recruiting. I have been getting a lot of text messages. Coach Fickell was in to see me last weekend.

"They said they have no linebacker with my athletic ability. They thing I would be a great fit. They said if I come in and work hard I would have a chance to make a great impact on defense."

Regarding Tennessee, Gibson said, "My dad has family there. They want me consider going down there. They think I can make a great impact on the defense there."

In terms of Michigan, Gibson said, "That is another great football program and it is close to home."

UT coach Phil Fulmer made an in-home visit with Gibson in December.

"Coach Carr and Coach Tressel want me to give them a time to come in," he said. "I think after my Ohio State visit, if I don't go on and make a visit to Miami (Fla.) or Penn State, I'll probably make my decision."

As a junior, Gibson recorded 67 tackles, 13 sacks, two interceptions (one returned for a touchdown), and had 25 quarterback hurries. This season, he helped lead Euclid to a 7-4 record and a berth in the Division I playoffs. He tallied 56 tackles, 30 solos, two blocked punts and one kick return for touchdown working as a rush linebacker.

"I do my own stunts," Gibson joked when asked about his playing style. "I think I'm different than other linebackers. I can do a couple of moves to get to where I need to be other than just running you over."

Gibson said his academic picture is improving. He holds a 2.5 GPA and is awaiting the results of his most recent ACT test.

"I am good grade-wise," he said. "I need to bring up my ACT score. I got a 15 and I need a 17. I need two more points on that. That shouldn't be a problem."

Gibson benches 320 pounds, squats 395 and boasts a 36-inch vertical jump.

Gibson is expected to be joined by Michigan DB Aaron Gant, and possibly other prospects, visiting OSU this weekend.


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