NAME: Grant Gibson
POSITION: Defensive Tackle
HIGH SCHOOL: Mallard Creek
HOMETOWN: Charlotte, NC
NOTES: Earlier this month NC State landed a commitment from Grant Gibson, a standout lineman for Charlotte (NC) Mallard Creek High School.
"It's been on my mind for a long time," he said. "I just talked it over with my parents and knew it was the right time. NC State is the right school for me, and I'm proud to be a part of the Pack.
"I told coach Faulkner, my area recruiting coach first. He gave the phone to the defensive coaches first and then coach Doeren... I told him I wanted to be a part of the Wolfpack. He was happy... they were all hyped up. It felt good to feel that energy from them."
Capable of playing either interior lineman or defensive tackle, Gibson is being recruited to play on the defensive side at NC State. Pack Pride's Steve Williams and Scout.com Recruiting Analyst Michael Clark are impressed with Gibson's upside.
"Grant Gibson lines up at defensive tackle for the best high school team in the state and has been a huge part of their defensive success over the last couple of years," said Williams. "Gibson is a fire hydrant inside who plays low and creates leverage and drive against opposing offensive linemen. He does a great job of shedding blocks and latching on to ball carriers. Gibson shows the ability to get up field and harass the quarterback and moves fairly well given his size.
"Based on his body and skill set it certainly isn't out of the realm of possibility that he could get a look at offensive guard at the next level."
"Gibson is a powerful football player," added Clark. "He plays with good leverage and controls the line of scrimmage. Gibson is relentless and plays extremely hard. He also has a high football I.Q. and understands different defensive schemes. Gibson should contribute early in his college career and ultimately become a very good player."
The three-star recruit helped Mallard Creek win a state title during his junior season by primarily playing guard and center, but he also received some reps at defensive tackle. Here is your chance to catch the recent Wolfpack commitment in action!