Potomac (Dumfries, Va.) High School offensive lineman Jesus Gibbs is going to do a little bit more than play offensive line this upcoming season.
The 6-foot-4, 272 pound 2018 prospect plans to prowl the trenches on both sides of the field. The working plan is for him to take snaps offensively at tackle, guard, center and even tight end. Defensively? He’s going to play as defensive end, defensive tackle and even outside linebacker.
“My role is expanding. Everywhere in the trenches,” Gibbs said.
Interest in this three-star offensive tackle is also expanding. He’s sitting on nearly a dozen offers and has started getting interest during the last couple months from both Penn State and Clemson.
“The recruiting process has been very sporadic and different. It is exciting, but it’s also hard,” Gibbs said. “You don’t hear kids say this often, but the recruiting process is hard. You want to communicate with the coaches. They have a life as well, I get that. But as a student, I’m at the school from 7 a.m. until 2 or 3 p.m. After that, from 3 to 5, 6 or 7 we usually stay after school for sports.”
Gibbs elaborated a bit more.
“So my school day goes from about 7 (a.m.) to 6 (p.m.) basically. Then I get home, shower and eat. Then get homework in. Only then do I get to my phone. That’s a short window,” he said. “Most coaches go to bed early because they have to get up early. I have a small window of opportunity to communicate aside from just a text here and a text there.”
One of Gibbs’ most recents visits was to Wake Forest for Junior Day in early February.
“I went to Wake for their Junior Day, and plan to be there again during the summer. The communication with the coaches is great,” he said. “I talk to (offensive line) coach (Nick) Tabacca at least three or four times a week. They are really recruiting me heavily. Coach Tabacca is my potential position coach and also recruits this area, so it makes it easier. I really only have to talk to him from Wake Forest. It makes the process a lot easier.
“We toured the campus and they showed us the upcoming buildings. They didn’t show us the locker room, but I saw it because I had to go to the bathroom. They showed us the business school, which is great.”
When asked what he was looking for in a college, Gibbs was abundantly prepared, citing a list.
“I have three things that I’m looking for. Number one is academics. Does the school have the major I want. I want to go into business,” he said. “Number two, I’ll look at the football program, but not in terms of wins and losses. What is life like with the coaches. How do the players interact with the coaching staff? What is the environment like and the environment like for the football team.
“Third is proximity.”
The drive to Winston-Salem probably isn’t all that bad from Dumfries, Virginia.