RECRUITING: Juco DT will be in Norman Thursday

Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Junior College DT Jermey Gibbs talks about his favorites and upcoming visit to Norman.


Former Stillwater High School star Jeremy Gibbs has become one of the top JUCO defensive tackle prospects in the country at NEO. With Gibbs' size and speed, he is almost a prototype that Division-1 college coaches are looking for at defensive tackle.

"NEO is one of the top junior colleges in the country, and I wanted to go to the best," said Gibbs. "It is boring around here so you don't have any choice but to get stronger and faster."

Gibbs was a full-time starter in his first year at NEO. and that is impressive in its own right. Gibbs was a three-year starter at Stillwater High, finishing with 60 tackles and six sacks his senior season.

"I am just working out right now," said Gibbs. "I am about at the 500 range on squats and around 340 on bench. I am just trying to get stronger every day. I have a 29-inch vertical and a 4.5 shuttle time."

Gibbs, who has been offered by Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, UAB and Iowa State, is still weighing all of his options.

"I really like a couple of schools," said Gibbs. "I really like LSU, Tennessee and Kansas State, and I really like Oklahoma. I haven't been offered by all those schools, but they are recruiting me hard. Oklahoma has offered me and they are a great school. They are one of the top schools in the country. I went up there on an unofficial visit last Wednesday and I was amazed all the stuff they had and how impressive the program was.

"I am going back on Thursday and bring my family because I want my parents to see it. I want them to see what I saw because my first visit there had that kind of effect on me. I am going to meet Bob Stoops tomorrow and I am looking forward to that. Coach (Jackie) Shipp is a great guy and he is straight-forward, which is what I want to here. I think he tells you what is going on and not what you want to hear, so I like him a lot."

So where does Oklahoma currently stand on his list?

"Oklahoma has to be in my top three. There is just something about the atmosphere there, it is electrifying. They have to be in my top three."

Gibbs is on course to graduate in May.

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