Ohio DE Gibson Commits to the 'Cats

Northwestern has picked up their 17th commit of the 2011 recruiting class, and their second commit of the day. Just a day after completing his official visit, three-star Deonte Gibson of St. Edward High School (Lakewood, OH) has committed to Northwestern.

Deonte Gibson had originally given his verbal commitment to former Pittsburgh head coach Dave Wannstedt. But when Wannstedt was relieved of his duties as Pitt head coach, Gibson re-opened his recruitment, giving Northwestern and Cincinnati consideration.

The decision-making process ended on Monday, and Gibson is now excited to be a Wildcat. The biggest factor in his decision was the great academics that Northwestern offers. The idea of earning a prestigious degree from NU was what excited Gibson to become a Wildcat.

"I know once I leave Northwestern, I'll be able to get a great job in the city of Chicago," Gibson said. "I'll be able to intern somewhere. You can't really turn that down at all."

The defensive standout was also excited about the opportunity to play for Pat Fitzgerald, once an All-American linebacker with Northwestern. Fitzgerald's energy and excitement is what won over Gibson.

"Coach Fitz kind of reminds me a lot of my high school coach. He's really hyped up about football, he loves football. He's got the mentality of a college linebacker; he's got a lot of energy."

Deonte will join high school teammate Geoff Mogus at Northwestern. The two were a part of St. Edward High School's state championship team in 2010. Now, Gibson and Mogus will be teammates, and roommates at Northwestern.

"He said he couldn't wait to play, he wants to suit up today," Geoff Mogus said of his former high school and future college teammate. "He just talked about being roommates, that he really likes Fitz, and he can't wait to play for Fitz. He said our (recruiting) class is really good, and he wants to do what we did at (St. Edward H.S.), and bring it to Northwestern and win a Rose Bowl and championship."

Gibson and the 17 other Northwestern commits will sign their official letter of intent on National Signing Day, which is Wednesday, February 2nd.

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