By: Roderick Burgos (@RoderickBurgos)
Toledo Scout Contributor
2018 Hoschton, Georgia (Mill Creek) cornerback Jonathan Gipson already has offers from the likes of Maryland and West Virginia as well as Iowa State, who offered on May 19. These are schools that surely all under-the-radar recruits would love to receive offers from. Most would think that a prospect like Gipson would pull the trigger and commit right away when two Power Five offers come his way, but that just isn’t Gipson’s style. Though the Terps and the Mountaineers have already come calling, it’s Toledo's recent extension of a scholarship offer that has the Mill Creek High School standout feeling blessed.
"I was very excited when I was offered, no doubt," Gipson said on his Toledo offer, "I think an offer from the University of Toledo is a huge blessing!"
Gipson, who was obviously very intrigued by the Rockets reaching out and offering, was frank in the fact that he wishes to learn much more about the football program itself. Gipson, however, like many other recruits, has noticed Toledo's rise as a football program.
"To be honest, I really don't know too much about their program, I haven't been there in two years, but I think it's a really good program overall," said Gipson. "I think they are definitely moving in the right direction as far as the football program winning a lot of big games last year."
Gipson, who is actually from the Toledo area, left several years ago for different reasons.
"I like Toledo because I grew up right down the street rom the university, so I'm very comfortable with the school," he told us, "I left Toledo because my family thought it would be a good opportunity for me. I had a good opportunity both with a better education and to take football to another level," Gipson, who now attends Mill Creek High School in Hoschton, Georgia, stated.
With a Toledo offer that the defensive prospect was looking for now in hand, Gipson is extremely interested, but simply wants to learn more to get a general idea on where the Rockets will stand in his recruitment.
"I'm very interested in Toledo! But where they stand in my recruitment, I really can't say they're at the top or at the bottom because I still haven't done my research on the school just yet," Gipson added.
From this point on, look for the Rockets to aggressively pursue Gipson due to the fact that he already has obtained Power Five offers, but UT shouldn't be too worried. Gipson's hometown Toledo roots could give the Rockets a critical ace up their sleeve in this recruitment.
In chatting more with Gipson, he informed Rocket Digest that his Toledo interest is so strong that he plans on making a return visit sometime this recruiting cycle, which could certainly bode well for the Rockets. The rising defensive back plans on evaluating programs this summer and hopes to make a decision sooner than some might think.
"Most likely at the beginning of my senior year is when I'll announce my college," said Gipson in regards to when a decision can be expected.
There are a solid amount of positives for the Rockets in this recruitment, but one large variable as well. With Gipson being from Toledo and already having a decent sense about the school itself, UT finds itself right in the thick of this one, but securing what would be a crucial visit from Gipson could seal the deal and provide the necessary exposure to the football program that Gipson craves.
Toledo Scout will keep you posted on the latest in Gipson's recruitment.