Euclid (Oh.) High School has a history of sending players to Ohio State. The eastern suburb of Cleveland has produced Robert Smith, Pepe Pearson, and current linebacker Brandon Smith.
Could junior linebacker Thaddeus Gibson someday join that group? It's too soon to tell, but Gibson is definitely interested in the Buckeyes as he was in attendance for the Wisconsin game.
"This is my second time down," Gibson said. "I was down for the Cincinnati game."
Gibson has only been to one other campus so far.
"The only place I have been is I went to LSU for camp this summer," he said. "It was a nice experience, but it was hot... I've got schools that are trying to get me to games -- Michigan, Wisconsin, BC, and Pitt."
Gibson is currently rated as one of Ohio's top defensive prospects in the junior class by Ohio High magazine. He likely projects as a linebacker or defensive end.
"I'm playing outside linebacker in a 3-4," he said. "I'm 6-3 and about 205 right now. I ran 4.3 at LSU camp."
Gibson is having a solid junior season to date.
"So far, I've got eight sacks," he said. "I blocked a punt and a field goal. I've got two interceptions and a touchdown.
"I play receiver and fullback on offense. I don't really like playing fullback."
Gibson, who plans to take his test this month, is unsure of where things will go college-wise, but he definitely has his eye on Ohio State.
"I'm not sure at this early stage what I want to do," he said. "I don't know if I'm going to wait or get it over with. I really like Ohio State though."
Gibson also had contact recently with Robert Smith.
"Yeah, he was here about a month ago," Gibson said. "He was doing a book signing."
Expect Gibson to be one of Northeast Ohio's top prospects in 2005, and Ohio State should stay in the thick of things until the end.