Local Star Takes in some Rutgers Football

The bright lights of ESPN2 set the stage. Rutgers Football would be the centerpiece for not only some of the bright young football prospects targeting the New Jersey based school but also for several of the Garden State's top, young basketball players. One local product in attendance was a 6-foot-1 and 180-pound SG by way of Seton Hall Prep -- Ashton Gibbs.

At 6-foot-1 and 180-pounds and a member of the Class of 2008, Ashton Gibbs is already receiving significant looks from the Big East and ACC.

Gibbs was one of many New Jersey prospects on hand for the Rutgers-Pittsburgh a few weekends ago. An opportunity to see his state school first hand, Gibbs thoroughly enjoyed himself before, during, and after the game.

"Everything was really nice. I liked it a lot. The atmosphere was great," stated Gibbs.

Joined by Lance Thomas, Jr. F Corey Stokes, Jr. PG Miles Beatty, and Corey Chandler (Newark Eastside), Rutgers' latest pledge for the 2007, the rising Sophomore had a chance to see the RAC [Rutgers Athletic Center], meet some of Rutgers' former and current players, and take in some football as well.

Though only a Sophomore, Gibbs is very aware of where Rutgers currently stands on the basketball totem pole.

"They're building right now. They had a great class coming in and I think this is going to be one of the best teams in the Big East in a few years."

Given that his state school is showing the young NJ star the love, we thought it as apropo to inquire about Gibbs' impressions regarding his recruitment.

"I like Rutgers. They noticed me from a real young age. They know me, they know my family members and the program is on the rise."

Indeed, though several schools are keeping a close eye on the Sophomore, Rutgers was the first school to extend an offer.

"It meant a lot to me. When they first offered, I was really excited."

Villanova, Virginia, Georgetown, and Seton Hall are all recruiting Gibbs.

Gibbs states that he is wide open at this time and will weigh all his options before making a decision.

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