Gibson 'thankful' for Syracuse offer

Three-star center Ryan Gibson is not in a normal recruiting area for Syracuse, but the Orange love Gibson's talent. He discusses being offered by Syracuse inside.

Syracuse does not venture into Mississippi very often, but have done so in 2015 as they offered three-star center prospect Ryan Gibson.

"The offensive line coach (Joe Adam), he emailed me and told me to call him later that night," Gibson said. "When I called he offered me. That was the first I've heard from him actually. It just kind of popped up.

"We talked for about 15 minutes. He said he liked my explosiveness and quickness off the ball. He liked my physicality. Then we talked about the school, the program, what they had to offer, what I was looking for in a school and all that kind of stuff."

The conversation left Gibson with a positive impression of coach Adam. He is hoping the two can develop a relationship as the recruiting process moves forward.

"He's an impressive coach," Gibson said. "He was a head coach at a lower level school. He said he knows how to transform a high school lineman into a successful college player. It was an all-around good conversation.

"I was thankful for the offer, for sure. It's the ACC and a big program. My reaction was thankful and I was excited too."

It is still early in the process for the St. Stanislaus High standout. He says the Orange, however, have as good of a chance as anyone.

"I don't really have a top list or anything," Gibson said. "They are certainly right there in the picture. They certainly have great academics and are a great program. I'm just going to do a little more research and get to know them a little better."

The 6-foot-3 center knows what he is looking for in a potential landing spot.

"I'm looking for top-tier academics," Gibson said. "A great football program, a fit with the players and coaches. And a successful program."

Gibson added that location is not a factor in his decision, and he hopes to decide before his senior season starts.

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