Bruins Still in the Mix for Gibson

Gardena (Calif.) Serra linebacker Jason Gibson has six schools standing out for him, with heavy Pac-10 interest, and UCLA is on his list...

Gardena (Calif.) Serra linebacker Jason Gibson (6-2, 215) is the top linebacker prospect in the West, and for good reason.

Gibson has been a star for the Cavs for multiple seasons and was all-state on their state championship squad in the fall.

With that has come several offers, and while Gibson is enjoying the process, he's working on trimming his list of schools.

"I'm actually about to limit my top schools to just a few in a couple weeks," said Gibson. "It's a good problem to have but I want to narrow it down. My top schools right now are Florida, Oregon, Cal, USC, UCLA and Washington."

The Golden Bears find themselves atop the leaderboard.

"Cal is still my favorite school right now," said Gibson. "They're recruiting me the hardest. I went up for their spring practice and I really liked it up there. Coach (Ron) Gould and Coach (Tosh) Lupoi are recruiting me hard."

Gibson also took in some of UCLA's spring practice.

"They have been recruiting me pretty hard too and I'm starting to look at them a lot closer now," said Gibson. "They spring practice was real cool."

And lastly, USC, the lone top school that hasn't offered, has hosted Gibson during the spring.

"I went and checked them out and they just said to come to the Rising Stars Camp and work out at linebacker so they can see me there," said Gibson.

Playing defensive end for Serra, but having to make the move to outside linebacker for Gibson is something he's prepared for.

"I understand why SC wants to wait to see me there," said Gibson. "And I'm cool with playing linebacker, that's what everyone is telling me to play."

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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