Dominique Gibson sets official visit

Glades Central Community High School has built a solid football reputation for producing top Division 1 athletes many of whom have gone on to play in the NFL. Former alums include Super Bowl XLIII MVP Santonio Holmes and Reidel Anthony who now works as the team's offensive coordinator. This year their best senior player may be linebacker Dominique Gibson.

The Glades Central Raiders played Dwyer on Labor Day in a game televised by ESPN. The Raiders, down by three in the 4th quarter, rallied to win 24-10.

"I had 11 tackles in the game, three for a loss, and an interception," Dominique Gibson said on his performance. "I've got a good I.Q. for the game. I think like a coach and pick things up easily. I'm a good, hard hitter, with good instincts on the field."

The 5-foot-10, 205-pound outside linebacker came in and played right away as a freshman at the Florida powerhouse. He has been a part of two state runner-up teams, losing in the 2A final in 2009 and 2010 to Cocoa.

"I feel like this might be my time," said Gibson on his senior season. "Our goal on defense is to set a Palm Beach County record with less and 27 points scored on us during the regular season. The main goal is to get back to the Citrus Bowl and come home with the win."

Gibson scored a five yard touchdown run to put the Raiders in front last year before falling 14-13. He made 2A All-State and received his first offer two games into the season from East Carolina.

"I'm up to eight offers," said Gibson. "The latest school to offer me was Ohio University. Wake Forest, Marshall, and Vanderbilt are recruiting me the hardest. I'm also hearing a lot from FSU, UGA, and Florida."

Next week, Gibson has scheduled an official visit with Wake Forest for September 16-18. The Demon Deacons have a home game with Gardner-Webb that weekend.

"Coach Steed (Lobotzke) and Coach Mac (Ray McCartney) call and tell me to ‘keep winning' and to ‘just keep balling'." said Gibson. "We get along real well. They're definitely in my top five."

Gibson has a cousin, Zachary Allen, at Wake Forest. Allen went to Pahokee, Glades Central main rival in the "Muck Bowl." His cousin, Greg Dent and uncle, Kelvin Benjamin, both went to FSU. Gibson has another cousin, Travis Bell, at West Virginia.

"I'd like to go somewhere I can make an immediate impact," Gibson said of his future college. "I want to be somewhere I can fit in and help the team win.

"The coaching staff is always going to play a part in the decision. If I make a big play I want a coach I can run to the sideline and celebrate with, not someone who's uptight or stuck up. I want to play for a coach who is down-to-earth and wants to win as much as I do."

Glades Central's win against Dwyer gave first year head coach Roosevelt Blackmon his first career win at the school. They turn back around and play Planation High School on Friday night at Effie Grear Stadium in Belle Glade. Look for Gibson in jersey No. 5 for the Raiders.

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