UNC Offers La. DE

Stephen Gibson, a 6-foot-4, 240-pound defensive end from Marrero (La.) Archbishop Shaw, received his latest scholarship offer a week ago.

"Coach [Joe] Robinson sent me a message saying he wanted to talk to me," Gibson said. "I called him and he said they were very interested in me and they want to offer me a scholarship. They needed to get my transcripts in order to send out an official offer."

Immediately, Gibson made sure his transcripts were sent to UNC. Upon receipt, Gibson was informed that the official scholarship offer was in the mail.

"[Robinson] said they liked my grades and he said they were going to try to schedule an official visit for me to visit them," Gibson said. "I'm going to have to talk to my high school coach, because we have five Saturday games this year and after some of the Friday games my coach wants us to come in the next day to watch film."

Seventeen schools have offered Gibson a scholarship, including Colorado, Kansas, Kansas State, Pittsburgh, and SMU.

"The North Carolina offer is very big," Gibson said. "I know that North Carolina is known for its basketball, but I've been researching it in football and it's an up-and-coming team. I really like where the program is headed.

UNC hasn't recruited Louisiana much in the past. However, with Robinson's connections from his years on LSU's staff, UNC is dipping more into the Bayou State.

"I met Coach Robinson when I was going into my junior year," Gibson said. "I went to LSU's camp and I was put into the recruitment group with a lot of seniors. Coach Robinson said he'd look out for me [during my senior year]."

In addition to UNC, Gibson has discussed scheduling official visits with Kansas State, Louisiana Tech, UL-Lafayette, and SMU.

Heading into his official visit schedule, Gibson, who would like to make a verbal commitment by the end of the football season, doesn't have a clear cut favorite.

"I don't have a leader, but I know North Carolina is one of the top schools," Gibson said. "I like Robert Quinn, who used to go there. And their defensive line, every time I see them play, they look like they are attacking."

Gibson attended 15 college camps the past two summers and, according to Gibson, took home MVP honors at most of his stops. Baylor, Colorado, LSU, UL-Lafayette, UL-Monroe, SMU, Tennessee, and Tulane were among the camps he attended.

Since his freshman year, Gibson has been a starter playing tight end and linebacker, in addition to defensive end. He began his prep career at New Orleans (La.) De La Salle before transferring to Archbishop Shaw prior to his junior year.

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