Gibson Talks About Four Schools

Gardena Serra's Jason Gibson, the #6-ranked outside linebacker in the nation, is the subject of one of the most competitive recruitments of any recruit in the west. He talked more about it to recently...

Jason Gibson, the 6-foot-2, 210-pound four-star linebacker from Junipero Serra High School in Gardena, Calif., has five favorites from among 13 scholarship offers.

Gibson, ranked as the No. 5 outside linebacker in the country by, still favors California, USC, UCLA, Oregon and Florida. All have offered.

"They're all even," Gibson said. "Florida is probably a little behind because it's so far. I'd rather stay closer."

He has already visited the in-state schools: Cal, USC and UCLA.

"I really like the surroundings and the area (at Cal)," he said about the Bears. "I felt very comfortable there. I like how they practice and I got along with the people. I like the college atmosphere they have and how laid-back it is."

He says the Bears and Oregon are recruiting him the hardest. "They contact me the most and they don't just talk about football," he said. "We have a relationship outside of football and they really try to get to know me."

Gibson attended a Nike camp at USC earlier this summer.

"I love the history and tradition at USC," he said about the Trojans. "I've always liked them and grew up following them. They send guys to the NFL every year and I like how they develop the players."

So what does Gibson think about the NCAA sanctions imposed against his childhood favorite? "I wasn't really following that at all so when I heard I was real surprised," he said. "It just hit me because it seemed so stiff.

"But the more I thought about it the less of a big deal it was for me," he said. "When I get there it's really only going to be one year (of the bowl ban) and I'll still have plenty of time to play."

Gibson is also strongly considering UCLA. "UCLA is getting some big name players," he said about the Bruins' recruiting. "Coach Rick Neuheisel is doing a good job recruiting and I think the players will step up this season. I'd be real surprised if they weren't a lot better this year."

He says he hopes to make his decision by the end of his senior season. "I'd like to take some time and take all five of my visits," he said.

One school he'll visit for sure is Oregon. "I haven't been up there, but I've heard a lot of great things about them," he said. "I like (linebackers) coach Don Pellum. He's been to my school and we get along real good.

"I like the defense they run too," he said about the Ducks. "I like how they play. They have the linebackers blitz a lot."

Although Florida is the longest shot for Gibson, he admits he's still interested in getting to know the Gators. "Their coaches are some of the best," he said. "And they're always real good. I just need to get out there and see how it all is."

Gibson also has offers from Notre Dame, Colorado, Washington, Washington State, Oregon State, Arizona and Arizona State.

Junipero Serra opens their 2010 schedule on Sept. 3 against Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, Calif.

Gibson says he's considering majoring in either business or sports medicine and reports a 3.4 core GPA. He took the SAT on June 5, but says he still hasn't gotten his score back.

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