"I was able to meet Coach (Dave) Wannstedt. He talked to me about my possible role with the team. Pitt needed a big blocking tight end. We talked about a possible move to the offense line as well. I'm willing to play either position. I just want to help the team."
Gibbs chose the Panthers over written offers from Virginia and Illinois. Panther fans were frustrated over the weekend when local tight end Andrew Devlin from Mt. Lebanon High School chose the Virginia Cavaliers over the Panthers. Jordan's commitment lessens the blow of Devlin's departure.
Devlin stand 6-foot-7 inches and weighs 255 pounds. Gibbs stands 6-foot-7 inches and weighs 300 pounds. Both players are capable of running the forty-yard dash in 4.8 seconds. Devlin had 12 catches for 100 yards and scored 2 touchdowns. Gibbs had 20 catches for 451 yards and scored 5 touchdowns. Both players have been labeled "jumbo athletes". It's safe to assume that Jordan will eventually develop into an offensive tackle.
"The coaches had notified me that an offer would be coming in the mail. When it arrived, I know I had to commit. I had two other offers, but Pitt is where I wanted to play."
"I called Coach Wannstedt to let him know I was committing and he was really excited. He told me he was amped and couldn't wait until I got to Pittsburgh."
When asked about his strengths, he stated, "I'm obviously big and that helps when run blocking. Despite my size, I'm really mobile. If you throw the ball my way, I have pretty soft hands."
Gibbs has been a three-year starter for Penn Manor High School (AAAA classification). He will start at tight end and nose-tackle his senior season.
"I'm excited to be a Panther. It's great to make my decision prior to the football season."
Harry G. Psaros can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.