Recruiting has kicked into high gear for Johnstown (PA) corner Kareem Gibson.
Further proof, a high-ankle sprain limited his junior year, but not too much. He still averaged 63 all-purpose yards per game, despite spending the majority of the time on defense.
"I played just defense for a lot of games, because I could only move certain ways," Gibson said. "It was a rough season."
Gibson still racked up 26 tackles, returned an interception 78 yards, recovers two fumbles, and averaged over 19 yards per punt return.
The college interest continued to come, which is nothing new to him.
Pittsburgh was one of the first schools to offer him, which came after he went to the Panthers' prospect camp last summer.
"During my tenth grade summer, I went to camp, that's when they offered," Gibson said of Pitt. "I ran my 40, and it was pretty good after that. I was offered by the defensive backs coach (Matt House). I get a lot of mail from them."
Gibson also said that former Panther LaRod Stephens-Howling is his cousin, and has been a good person to talk to when it comes to questions about his recruiting.
"I went to their junior day, and I went to a couple games," Gibson added. "I like Pitt, just how welcoming they are. Just being a Johnstown guy, they look out for us."
West Virginia was also in on Gibson early.
"There's been a couple coaches from West Virginia that came in a couple times," Gibson said. "Tony Gibson, he came down. I saw him the first time I went down to visit, and I met the rest of the staff. They offered me. Coach Gibson has been in touch. Now, they switched me to Coach (Tom) Bradley, he takes care of this area. He's looking out for me too, which is good. He shows a lot of love. Being a Johnstown guy, with those two schools, they show they're there for me."
Toledo was his first offer. Temple also joined the mix after Gibson went to their regional camp last summer at Penn Hills High School.
"Toledo, they were my first offer, I got an offer from them when I was in ninth grade, Gibson said. "Temple, at beginning they saw my highlights, they've been good. They offered me on the spot."
Terry Smith, now an assistant at Penn State initially recruited Gibson at Temple. While there's no offer from Penn State, Gibson says Smith has stayed in contact. Interestingly, he heard from James Franklin while he was still at Vanderbilt, and has also had some contact since Franklin took over at Penn State.
"I still hear from Coach Terry," Gibson said. "I was geting recruited by Coach Franklin when he was at Vanderbilt. All of them are now together."
Right now, Gibson is mapping out his summer camp schedule. Some of his camp visits will be to the places that have offered him. For the most part, he'd like to keep it local.
"I'm definitely going to Pitt, schools that have been showing the love," Gibson said. "I know my coach wants to get more of our guys out there, so we'll be traveling around. I'm planning on camps, to see where they fit on my schedule. I want to try and get to closer ones like Pitt, Maryland, West Virginia. I'm going to try and hit a lot of camps."