Lineman Prospect John Gibson

After a strong NorCal Nike Camp, Berkeley St. Mary's <b>John Gibson</b> has seen his recruitment pick up. The versatile lineman has favorites, and plans for a busy summer...

One of the more versatile linemen in the West this year is Stockton (Calif.) St. Mary's prospect John Gibson (6-4, 240). An offensive tackle for St. Mary's, Gibson projects to a guard or center, but can also play elsewhere.

"Most schools are looking at me as a guard or center, but I could also play tight end or defensive end. Plus, I snap too," Gibson said. "I'll probably play every down this year."

Not only will he be busy next fall, but he's been busy this spring and plans to have a busy summer. He participated in the NorCal Nike Camp, where he had a very impressive performance, looking very quick and nimble for a lineman. He's also planning to attend a plethora of team camps in the next couple of months. "I'm going to camps at Stanford, Colorado, USC and UCLA. I want to go to as many as I can before our season starts."

Mostly as a result of his performance at the NorCal Nike, Gibson currently sports offers from Northwestern and Oregon State, while hearing from all of the Pac-10, Big 12 and Big 10.

But Gibson has a list of a top eight schools he is interested in. "At the top it's probably Washington, Colorado, Oregon, Northwestern, USC, plus Stanford, Cal and UCLA."

A NorCal native, Gibson is hoping to see some more attention from Stanford and another program which is his dream school. "I would like to hear from Notre Dame, since I grew up watching them. Honestly, if Stanford offered, I would probably go there, but I am still pretty wide open. I scored a 1050 on my SAT, but I want to take it again."

As for UCLA, Gibson is being recruited by asssistant coach Gary DeLoach. "I like him. He is a friendly coach and a pretty straight-forward guy. Plus, he has a cool accent."

Gibson would like to make an early decision, if possible, and focus on his last season of high school football. "I would like to make somewhat of an early decision, if it comes to me. I don't want to be a drag on my team or on the coaches of the schools recruiting me."

Aside from his 1050 SAT, he has a 3.4 GPA, which will easily qualify him academically.

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