Dominique Gibson talks in-depth decision
Dominique Gibson made his official visit to the Winston-Salem campus last month for the weekend of the Gardner-Webb game. After a few weeks on contemplation on other offers and potential visits, Gibson decided it was time to pull the trigger for the Demon Deacons.
"First, I called Coach Mac [Ray McCartney]," said Gibson. "He told me to call Coach Jim (Grobe), which I did. I told him I was ready to make my commitment to Wake Forest.
"Coach Jim said that made his night. He said he was going to sleep well tonight knowing I was going to be a Deacon. He's very happy to have me on board. I feel like I made the right decision."
Gibson said Wake Forest was the fourth school to offer back in the spring. The offer was extended to Gibson by Wake Forest recruiting coordinator, Ray McCartney. He also bonded with secondary coach, Steve Russ, on his official visit.
"The last night I was there (Wake Forest) I spent the entire time with Coach Russ watching film, looking at their different coverage packages," Gibson said. "I liked what I saw. It shouldn't be too difficult to learn what I need to in order to compete for early playing time.
"Plus, you can't beat the education there. I'll have better chance out in the workforce with a degree from Wake Forest if I don't make it to the league (NFL)."
Gibson is from Belle Glade in the south Florida metropolitan area in Palm Beach County. The recruiting ties Wake Forest has established in the region was also a determining factor for Gibson when making his decision.
"When I looked at the roster," Gibson said, "there were around 30 guys from south Florida, and I already know a lot of them. My cousin is Zach Allen. I'm friends with (Merrill) Bud Noel and Allen Ramsey.
"When I took my official I felt right at home. I didn't miss my hometown at all. That's when you know you really like something. All the players welcomed me, not just the ones I knew, but many other guys too."
Gibson has been a four-year starter at Glades Central. The Raiders are currently 7-0 and ranked No. 1 in their District with three regular season games remaining.
"I'm just going to try to continue making big plays," Gibson said. "I've been a game changer my whole career. I do whatever's needed for us to win. I'm a team captain. Part of my job is to help motivate the other guys.
"In coverage they try to disguise me and use me a lot as a decoy. I feel like I've had some mediocre games this year, but I try to get better every week and continue to improve."
Other offers for Gibson, who some say may have a future at outside linebacker but Wake Forest recruited at strong safety, include Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Marshall, East Carolina and Memphis. Before his phone call to Coach Mac, he sat down with his father and told him of his desire to commit.
"My Dad just told me to make sure that's really what I wanted to do," Gibson said. "It's something I've been thinking about for awhile, and Wake Forest felt like the right place for me to be."
Gibson hopes to return to campus when Wake Forest plays Notre Dame on November 5th. Once his football season is complete he plans on playing basketball and conditioning with a personal trainer to help him get into top shape for ACC football next season.
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