Recruiting: Jeremy Gibbs' Secret Is Out

Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Junior College defensive tackle Jeremy Gibbs told us back in October that his early verbal commitment to Oklahoma had drifted into a soft commitment and that he was looking around. The coaching staff at NEO confirmed what Gibbs was telling us, but he asked that his communication with us be kept off the record, which we abided by. However, now Gibbs' story is making the rounds throughout the internet.

As a reporter, who sometimes is burned by using "off the record" sources, I know the feel of being scorched and we've been scorched. It happens and Gibbs, a Stillwater High School Pioneer product oringinally, is a good young man who we've known since his junior year in high school.

First, his time at NEO has served him well. The 6-5 Gibbs was too heavy in high school, weighing well over 300 pounds and that was why Division I schools shied away from him. He has always been strong and capable of controlling a gap, but now with a sleeker 285-pound body he has discovered increased quickness that allows him to make plays. That is what all these schools are seeing in him. This season he had nearly 100 tackles and seven sacks to earn All-Southwest J.C. honors. His sincerity as a player and his determination cannot be questioned as he came off of an injury to play despite not being expected to in the 21-19 win by NEO over Mississippi Gulf Coast in the Dalton Defenders Bowl a couple of weeks ago.

"I was just determined to play and do whatever I could to help my team win," said Gibbs.

Gibbs committed early to Oklahoma as he was recruited by OU defensive line coach Jackie Shipp. "Coach Shipp is cool," said Gibbs. "He knew that I was going to want to take visits and we had that agreement. I knew that I was going to want to look around."

The looking around started last weekend when Gibbs visited Oregon. The significance there is Gibbs' teammate at NEO Michal Howeth, a former Dallas W.T. White All-American, is heading to Oregon.

"It was a great visit," said Giibbs. "I really got along with the coaches and players, and the facilities were neat. It was kind of interesting because they were practicing and getting ready for the bowl game and it turns out they will be playing OU in the Holiday Bowl."

Speaking of Oklahoma, Gibbs will make his visit to the school he committed to this weekend.

"I still like Oklahoma," said Gibbs. "They have great tradition and the opportunity is there to play pretty quick. I am anxious to make the visit."

Gibbs said he has three other visits set up although the uncertainty at Colorado wasn't known when he told us that he was going to visit Iowa State (Dec. 16), Colorado (Jan. 13) and Oklahoma State (Jan. 20).

"I know the opportunity to play is there too," said Gibbs. "I think Coach (Mike) Gundy, Coach (Vance) Bedford, and Coach (Nelson) Barnes are all good people and will do a good job. It is my hometown and my family and friends are all there, so yes, I am interested in OSU."

Gibbs is now completely in the open with the change in his recruiting and this should be an interesting story to keep an eye on, and that's on the record.

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