Gibson Staying Patient For Now

Few question the talent of Euclid (Oh.) outside linebacker Thaddeus Gibson. Academic issues are one of the few things that could derail a successful college career. Gibson has narrowed his choices down to a final four and will visit Ohio State on Jan. 13. We caught up with him for the latest.

Euclid (Oh.) linebacker Thaddeus Gibson will make an official visit to Ohio State the weekend of Jan. 13-15.

"I'm just ready to see the campus atmosphere and how it is down there," Gibson said.

Gibson (6-3, 210, 4.5) is the No. 7-ranked linebacker prospect in the country by Scout.com. He led Euclid to a 7-4 record this season with 14 sacks.

As a junior in 2004, he had 67 tackles and 13 sacks.

Gibson visited Michigan on Nov. 19 and was inside Michigan Stadium for Ohio State's 25-21 victory.

"It was wild, just like I expected," Gibson said. "It was a real good game."

Gibson made an official visit to Tennessee on Dec. 9. He will visit Penn State Jan. 20.

"I'd say I'm down to four schools: Ohio State, Tennessee, Michigan and Penn State," Gibson said. "I really don't have a favorite right now. I'm just going to take my visit to Ohio State, then my visit to Penn State, and make a decision after that."

Gibson says Ohio State's coaches contact him "at least once a week." Linebackers coach Luke Fickell is recruiting Gibson.

Head coach Jim Tressel has not scheduled an in-home visit with Gibson yet.

"No, I have not talked with Coach Tressel," Gibson said. "That's one of the things I'm looking forward to about the visit."

The recruiting process hasn't always been easy on Gibson. A low ACT score put his future in jeopardy.

"I re-took the test two weeks ago," Gibson said. "I need a 17."

Gibson was asked if the recruiting process has been difficult for him.

"There's definitely been some ups and downs, but it's cool," he said. "I'm dealing with it. It's cool."

Gibson is also a starter on Euclid's basketball team. He averaged 12 points per game last year.

"This year's going pretty good so far," he said. "I had 23 points our first game and fouled out with eight our other game."

If he sticks with his current plan, expect a decision from Gibson at the end of January. He favored Ohio State last summer, but a lot has changed since then.


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