Dominique Gibson's big senior season
"At the Nike south Florida All-Star game I was presented with the award at halftime," said Dominique Gibson on being selected Player of the Year. "The game went well. I was the only player to play both ways. They had me in at running back and linebacker."
Gibson helped his team to a 12-1 record and to the third round of the state playoffs in his fourth season as a starter for the Glades Central Raiders.
"This year I became a better leader," Gibson said. "I mostly led by example by making plays. Basically I did a lot of the things I've been doing over my career but more fluently."
Gibson took an official visit to Wake Forest in September and committed to the Demon Deacon staff in October. He struck up a friendship with December-commit, Tyler Cameron, and knows many of the Deacon players from south Florida.
"Tyler and I kept running into each other at sporting events," Gibson explained. "We kept in touch on Facebook and became close friends. I'm proud of him and his decision to go to Wake Forest.
"Bud [Noel] and Ziggy [Allen] are great athletes. I can't wait to play alongside of them. Bud and I are tight, but Ziggy and I are cousins. The guy who showed me the most love though on my visit up there was Kevin Sousa. We're going to win big there like we do at home."
As signing day nears, Gibson said he talks often with both Ray McCartney, his recruiting coach, and to Coach Grobe. He plans to host the coaches for an in-home visit next week.
"When I was being recruited, a lot of coaches tried to sell me on the dream," said Gibson. "What I was looking for was the reality. That's what I got from the Wake Forest coaches. They were straightforward with me. They didn't beat around the bush. There was always a mutual respect between us. The coaches are the main reason I chose to go to Wake Forest."
The Deacons finished their season at 6-7 with a loss to Mississippi State in the Music City Bowl. Gibson tuned in to almost every game.
"The jumped out to a fast start," Gibson said of the Wake Forest season. "Then I think they relaxed too much. They gave some games away by making simple mistakes. We got some talented guys coming back. I think if I keep working I can come in next season and make an impart early."
Gibson is currently playing basketball at Glades Central. He plans on skipping track this spring and working with a personal trainer to get in tip-top shape when he reports to Winston-Salem in early summer.
Gibson plans on making a speech at his high school on signing day with the other Raiders signing their letter of intent on February 1st.
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