Big Ten Schools Lead for Gibson

Ohio standout linebacker Thaddeus Gibson has a link to the Penn State football team. But does Joe Paterno's program rank among those on Gibson's short list? Several Big Ten schools are in the running. See if PSU is one of them.

Linebacker Thaddeus Gibson (6-foot-3, 205 pounds, 4.5) of Euclid, Ohio, favors Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State, with Tennessee a close fourth (all offered).

“I am really open with my top schools,” said Gibson, who plays at Euclid High. “But those are the ones I have been thinking most about lately. I don’t have just one favorite.”

Michigan will get his first official on Nov. 18.

“I am going up there for the Michigan/Ohio State game — it should be good.

“I am going there because they asked me first a long time ago. Actually, I was there as a junior unofficially and we set it up then. I sat down and talked with Coach (Lloyd) Carr when I was there.

“It’s a great environment there — small and compact. It would be a good place to get to know a lot of people,” he said.

“Ohio State is close to home and all my family can come watch. It’s a major program. Actually, it’s a lot like Michigan. It’s about the same distance — two-and-a-half hours — to each one.

“I have been talking to Coach (Luke) Fickell (co-defensive coordinator/linebackers), and he was going to get back to me this week to try to set up a date for my official at Ohio State. So, I should have that set up pretty soon.

“One of my former teammates goes to Penn State: Chris Harrell (safety) plays there. His dad calls me a lot and tells me how it’s going there. I will probably set up a visit there soon.

“I have set up an official at Tennessee for Dec. 3. I am not sure on a fifth visit anywhere,” Gibson said.

“All of the schools have been recruiting me for outside linebacker.

“I will choose a place based on how comfortable I am with the coaching staff and the atmosphere at the school. I want to take my officials before committing anywhere,” he said.

Gibson reported 11 sacks and one punt block through last week’s action. “I’m not sure on any other stats off the top of my head,” he said, “but I’ll tell you one thing ... I’m gonna get two interceptions and 50 sacks tonight! We gotta win that game!”

Euclid (6-3) played host to Mentor in their last regular-season game Oct. 28. If Euclid won the game, the team won the league championship and headed to the playoffs.

2.5 GPA/Dec. 11 ACT retake — needs to improve score.


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