Hope Mills (NC) Gray's Creek Jefferie Gibson believes NC State's offense under new coach Dave Doeren will be one that attracts wide receivers.
It's not as though Gibson was skeptical about that but after attending NC State's event for juniors over the weekend he's more convinced of it than ever. While Doeren has only been the Wolfpack's coach for a few short weeks Gibson has already been to the school three times during that span.
First he went up for a practice during preparation for the bowl game. Next, one of NC State's home basketball games. He saw another game on a little over a week ago as the Pack knocked off the Heels, but he also got to rub shoulders with people in the football program.
"I got to talk to a lot of the coaches and I got to know them a lot better. I've been up there before but it was a pretty good trip. I know more about them than I did before," he said.
Should Gibson choose NC State he would be playing in Carter-Finley Stadium and not on the hardwood. But it was the atmosphere at the basketball game that showed him how serious Wolfpack fans take their sports.
"It was pretty exciting. It was really hype in there. It was definitely more than I expected," Gibson said.
The Hope Mills (NC) Gray's Creek receiver liked what the coaches had to say in the brief time he got to actually discuss football. The coaches will go more in-depth at a later date when they have more time with Gibson, he said.
There's no doubt Doeren wants to be able to run the football, but he also told Gibson that he would get the ball a lot.
"They said someone like me could come in and do a lot for the program. I could really help them out. They're going to run three or four wide receiver sets and they're just going to be trying to get the ball in their best players hands. They talked about this and that. It was good to hear."
Gibson claims offers from NC State, Clemson and North Carolina. He said he wants to visit Virginia Tech and South Carolina for junior days but is not sure of exactly when those fall on the calendar.