Virginia 'Backer Planning to Camp at State

Salem High School standout Lyndell Gibson plans to camp at NC State this summer in the hopes of landing a Wolfpack offer.

Dominate. This is Salem (Virginia Beach, VA) junior linebacker Lyndell Gibson's motto on everything football, whether he is performing at a Virginia Beach camp or playing in a playoff game. His aggressive attitude matches his aggression on the field, as he has a reputation for being one of the fiercest hitters in the Virginia Beach area.

In his junior season, Gibson, who was named Beach district defensive player of the year for his performance, racked up over 100 tackles including 14 sacks. While his performance and reputation speak volumes, the 5-11, 220-pound Gibson likely needs to perform well in camps in order to get the top 1A offers.

Gibson participated in Wednesday's Beach Camp.

"I feel like I did pretty good," Gibson said. "I think I came out and did what I was supposed to do."

Asked what he feels he needs to improve most in order to receive top 1A offers, Gibson replied, "Speed. Probably mostly speed.

"I'm working on that now. Every Saturday, my coach meets me to run around at Mount Trashmore. We run to improve my speed and leg strength."

Gibson has solid speed, as he was hand-timed in the mid-4.6 range in the 40 at last month's Virginia Beach combine. He also turned in a 4.2-second 20-yard shuttle time, a 32-inch vertical leap and benched 185 pounds 26 times.

Though he does not hold any official offers, Gibson is certainly receiving a lot of interest.

"Virginia Tech has been in this month," Gibson said. "North Carolina State, Maryland, UNC and Connecticut have come by. I'm sure there are more, but I can't remember. Most of the coaches I've talked to just tell me to keep doing what I'm doing, and most of them want me to come to their camp."

Gibson says he will attend camp at Virginia Tech, N.C. State and Penn State. There could be others, but these are the camps he definitely wants to attend. At this point, though, he does not list any favorite schools.

"I'm just open and enjoying it right now," Gibson said. "I just want to play football."

Gibson is a leader on Salem's varsity football squad. He was a big part of last season's success, and he hopes for more in 2007.

"We didn't get what we wanted last year and that was a state championship ring," Gibson said. "We just have to work harder to get there next year."

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What does it mean to Lyndell to have a reputation as a big hitter throughout the Beach district?

"That means a lot," Gibson said. "It means you have a lot of respect. And it's fun when I hit people. I love it."


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