Gibson Talks About Opening Up Recruitment

It's been a whirlwind last two weeks for Lakewood (OH) St. Edward defensive end Deonte Gibson. Three days after his team won a state championship, he found out that Dave Wannstedt was out as Pitt's coach.

Now, Deonte Gibson's recruitment has changed a little bit. Though he wouldn't say that Pitt is out completely, it does not look good for the Panthers.

"Who knows," Gibson said. "I've pretty much opening up my recruitment."

He does have two other official visits set up--one to Cincinnati on January 8, and one to Cincinnati on January 14. As of now, it's unknown--and more to the unlikely side--if Gibson will even take an official visit to Pittsburgh.

"Actually, when I committed to Pitt, I was talking to most of those schools," Gibson said. "When I made my decision, (Cincinnati and Northwestern) said they respected my decision, and they stopped recruiting me. When the time came for me to open up my recruitment, they were happy I did. They've been recruiting me well."

Gibson did acknowledge that newly hired Pitt head coach Michael Haywood had reached out to him.

"I talked to coach Haywood for about ten minutes (on Friday)," Gibson said. "That was pretty much about it. It was around ten o'clock, the next day he got hired. It's too early to tell (where Pitt stands)."

When looking at the other schools, early playing time may be a factor.

"Both (schools); the defensive line coach at Cincinnati, they get after it," Gibson said. "They both play a rotation of eight to nine guys. They're recruiting me as primarily a third-down pass rusher."


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