Gibson Is Doing Junior Day Thing

Jason Gibson, the 6-3, 210-pounder from Gardena (Calif.) Serra, is the top linebacker in the state of California for 2011. He talked about his early favorite schools, and some unofficial visits, including one he's taking tonight...

For much of their 2009 state championship season, Gardena (Calif.) Serra was known for their offense.

But the defense made major contributions in their 15-0 campaign, and no player was a bigger part of that than linebacker Jason Gibson (6-3, 210), the top linebacker in California in the class of 2011 and one of the premier ‘backers nationally.

Gibson has ten scholarship offers already, and several more could be making their way to him.

"Florida and California were two of the most recent ones I've gotten," said Gibson. "I'm going up to Cal this weekend to check out the school for their Junior Day in fact."

Other offers for Gibson include those from Oregon, Stanford, UCLA and Washington, and USC could be the next school in the Pac-10 to offer him.

"USC said they could be offering me real soon. They wanted me to come up there this weekend, but I'm going up to Cal instead," said Gibson.

On Thursday night, Gibson will be visiting Westwood with a handful of Serra players.

"I'm going up to UCLA on Thursday with a couple of my teammates for like a mini-Junior Day to meet the coaches," said Gibson.

Gibson said he doesn't have a favorite at the moment, but several schools are making a good case.

"I like Oregon, Stanford, Cal, Florida, USC, UCLA and Washington," said Gibson. "I've got a real good relationship with Coach (Jim) Harbaugh at Stanford, with Coach (Norm) Chow and Coach (Rick) Neuheisel at UCLA, Coach (Demetrice) Martin at Washington, Coach (Don) Pellum at Oregon, Coach (Ron) Gould at Cal, Coach (Lane) Kiffin at USC and I've talked a lot with Coach (Urban) Meyer at Florida, too."

Gibson said he's not planning to make an early decision. "I want to go through the process, take some trips. I'm not ready to commit right away," said Gibson.

One of Gibson's closest friends, Robert Woods, is signed with USC, and Gibson said Woods is putting the Trojans on his mind often.

"Woody is always talking about them, we just talked about it the other day in fact," said Gibson. "I like USC a lot. I also like Stanford a lot, they were the first school to offer me. It's just really early for me."

The four-star linebacker said he's hoping to remain an outside linebacker when he gets to college.

"I want to keep being a drop-back-into-coverage linebacker," said Gibson. "But I guess it depends on how much my body grows. I want to play this year at about 220."

A number of key factors will contribute to which school Gibson chooses.

"The whole surroundings of the school are important. I also want to know that the academics and the education are good. And I would like to be able to play early," said Gibson. "I know wherever I go, my family is 100% behind me."

Academically, Gibson is in fine shape, with a 3.4 GPA and plans to take the SAT this spring.

The all-state underclass selection had 94 tackles, 15.5 sacks and six pass deflections in the Cavs' run to the CIF State D-III title.

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