Aliquippa (Pa.) athlete William Gipson will be one to watch in the class of 2019. The 6-foot-3, 175-pounder put himself on the Big Ten radar at last week's Rutgers skills camp. This weekend, the Big 12 and West Virginia is his next stop.
Gipson was one of a handful of prospects that received up-close attention from new Rutgers offensive coordinator Jerry Kill.
“I went as a quarterback even though I can play multiple positions,” Gipson said. “I threw really good balls. They picked three QBs to go into the (practice bubble) and throw in front of the coordinator. I felt that I did really well. I'm very picky on myself, but I thought I was the best quarterback there.”
Gipson already holds offers from Toledo and Howard. He thinks Rutgers could be next after a meeting with the coaching staff.
“After the camp, I went and did a little tour where I talked to most of the coaches,” he said. “I had a conversation with coach Kill about how they're very interested and I fit their scheme perfectly.
“I think I just have to go out on the field this season and do my best. They said I fit what they do perfectly. … I understand why they didn't offer right away because I'm a quarterback. When you're recruiting a quarterback, you have to be sure and look at if they can be the face of your program.”
Gipson is not married to quarterback in college, but instead, wants the best school. Picking a position can come later.
“Whatever position fits best for me, I'll play it,” Gipson said. “Say West Virginia is recruiting me for safety and Rutgers wants me as a quarterback, I'll have to make that decision then. I'm looking for a school with a great atmosphere. I want a stadium with a lot of people watching me. I want a safe school environment, a place that's not known for having bad stuff happen. I want a place that makes me feel comfortable with the coaches and the players and all of that.”