Gibson Happy to be a Gamecock

The South Carolina Gamecocks picked up their sixth offensive line commitment of the 2010 class Tuesday when Lincoln HS (Tallahassee, FL) prospect Cody Gibson went public with his decision to be a Gamecock. Read inside as Gibson discusses that decision with

Gibson, a 6-6, 265-pound prospect, publicly committed to South Carolina following his two-day visit to the school.

Gibson arrived on the USC campus Sunday night and met with his recruiter of record, running backs coach Jay Graham, and offensive line coach Eric Wolford at the stadium briefly. After a night's rest, Gibson met the coaches again the next day for his first unofficial visit to see what USC had to offer.

"Monday, I went up there, met Coach (Steve) Spurrier, met Coach Wolford there. Then Coach Wolford and Coach Graham took me on a tour of the campus and everything, and showed me all the facilities and the weight room. They showed me everything, the coaches offices, the dorms, all of the buildings around campus."

While Gibson liked the tour, he says it was the connections and feeling around the program that ultimately led to him picking the Gamecocks.

"We also met with the strength coach, Coach (Craig Fitzgerald). I really liked him a lot because I felt the connection. He's really up-beat; he wants to get things done. I liked his workout styles. I also really liked Coach Wolford; I felt a good connection with him. He's had in the past, at Illinois, really good offensive lines the past two years. We actually ate with one of their players, an offensive lineman, he'll be a redshirt freshman this year and he's projected to start. He told me that the atmosphere and the attitudes of all the players has changed since the new coaches came in and everybody has a positive outlook. That's part of the reason why I chose it. They made me feel at home, so I really liked that. And that's why I chose USC."

Gibson chose USC over offers from ECU, USF, Maryland, Illinois, Indiana, Middle Tennessee, Tulane, Marshall and Iowa State. While he took a couple of other visits in recent weeks, including a trip to ECU today, he says there was no question where he wanted to be.

"I actually took a visit today to ECU, that's why I'm up in North Carolina," he said. "I met with Coach (Skip) Holtz, Coach (Steve Shankweiler), their offensive line coach. They're really good coaches and everything. I just felt like I was more at home at South Carolina. I also went to USF and met with Coach (Jim) Leavitt down there about three weeks ago and took a campus tour. Again I feel like I'm more at home at South Carolina."

While Gibson could have waited it out, he felt like the time to make a decision was right for many reasons.

"I also want to focus on my high school football program and getting back with the workouts," he said. "Getting with the team, and going to win a state championship, and making the coaches happy. I want to focus on school and get my GPA as high as possible and get ready for college."

And he will bring plenty to college. The talented tackle did not give up a sack all of last season. As impressive as that feat is, he remained humble in explaining how he was able to accomplish it.

"I've had great coaches," he says. "So they've kept me doing good in football. I have pretty long arms, so I just lock defensive ends out. I'm pretty athletic so I can kick back and intercept (pass-rushers) and make sure he doesn't get to the quarterback. That's pretty much it."

While only 265 pounds right now, Gibson is only 16-years-old and doesn't turn 17 until Aug. 30. He will bring a massive frame with room to grow to the Gamecock football program.

Gibson's brother, Dustin, graduated from FIU in April after being a four-year letter winner for the Golden Panthers.

"He was about 250 [pounds] I think when he graduated high school," Cody Gibson said. "So I'm already a little bit heavier than he was. I might be a little quicker to put some weight on. He ended up about 310 or 312."

The newest Gamecock closed with a message to the Gamecock faithful.

"Whenever I start playing there I want to go for an SEC Championship, definitely. So, Definitely get ready for that."

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