Pack Battling Tigers, Heels For Gibson

NC State, Clemson and UNC are the early top three for Gray's Creek junior Jefferie Gibson.

NC State was the first school to offer Jefferie Gibson but they find themselves behind an old nemesis to the south when it comes to recruiting.

Gibson isn't even close to thinking about committing to any school but he didn't hesitate when he was asked to rank his favorites.

"In order it would probably be Clemson and then State and then UNC," he said.

Those are the three schools that have offered the Hope Mills (NC) Gray's Creek athlete, a junior who projects to be one of the state's best recruits for the class of 2014.

Gibson has visited all three schools in recent weeks so that list isn't just something he whipped together on the spot. He knows what each has to offer.

"The Clemson visit was a couple of weeks ago and it was pretty good. When I got there I noticed there were a lot of people and all the surroundings were pretty good. I liked the environment at Clemson a lot.

"At North Carolina the crowd was crazy also. We took a tour of the school and the campus and saw the football facility. I thought that was great.

"I was at NC State about a month ago maybe. I had a great time. After the game we went into the locker room with the players. I felt like that's where I fit in."

Gibson has picked a couple of entertaining games to attend. He was at the North Carolina-NC State game in Chapel Hill and the NC State-Florida State game in Raleigh. Clearly, he's been on both sides of the emotional pendulum as far as Wolfpack fans are concerned.

While no other schools have offered, the 6'4, 185-pound athlete said Georgia has picked up their interest lately and could be the next to offer.

Gibson plays safety in high school and seems to be doing just fine in that role. He's had 70 tackles and four picks before Gray's Creek lost in the first round of the playoffs.

He's not sure but expects to play safety in college.

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