Gibbs, who camped at Nebraska on Tuesday, is transferring to the 4A school after playing at Collins-Maxwell Baxter (2A) the last three seasons.
"Coming from a 2A school, it's hard to get noticed. All the coaches are paying attention to the bigger schools, so it's going to help my recruitment," said Gibbs. "But I also expect it to help me get a higher education and on the field I will have better coaches."
Gibbs was one standouts at Nebraska's camp on Tuesday, earning praise from multiple coaches and having a private conversation with assistant Barney Cotton when the camp was over for the day.
"He was just talking to me about the position I want to play. At my old school, I was playing linebacker, but in college I want to play safety. So we talked about that a little bit and he said they would be taking a look at me for that position, but they are interested in me at multiple spots," said Gibbs, who also worked out as a running back for a few drills. "I thought I did pretty good. The camp was fun, it was sort of nice to have pads on, because you can be more physical in drills and stuff. At other places when you do 1-on-1s, it's not as fun when you can't be physical."
Gibbs recorded 122 tackles and 11 sacks from his linebacker spot last season, but competition will be stiffer at Ankeny. The Hawks finished 11-2 last year, losing to state champion Valley in the state semi-finals, 14-3. Gibbs will be facing competition from Des Moines schools and Ames on a nightly basis, and will have to play schools from the Sioux City area in the playoffs.
"I will be looking at a school's distance and how I liked it on my visit down the road," said Gibbs, who's currently waiting for his first offer. "I thought Nebraska was nice. They have their own little spot for football players, which is pretty cool. I liked it a lot. I definitely could see myself going there."