Gibbs' Focus Shifts to Recruiting

Now that he's accomplished his goal of leading Detroit Cass Tech to a second straight state championship, three-star defensive tackle Kenton Gibbs turns his focus to recruiting, and the University of Wisconsin.

MADISON - Detroit Cass Tech High School has been a Division-1 machine in pumping out talent on a yearly basis. Four players from the Technicians have already committed to play a high-level university and even more talented players - defensive tackle Kenton Gibbs – will be deciding soon now that they've helped lead their school to back-to-back state championships.

"We just won the state championship last Saturday (and) I scored a touchdown in the state championship game by recovering a fumble and taking it 58 yards for the touchdown," Gibbs told Badger Nation. "I had too much speed, 58 yards untouched (laughing).

"My production dipped throughout the regular season but when the postseason came, I dominated every game."

With the season over the 6-2, 277-pound Gibbs (rated a three-star athlete and the NO.43 defensive tackle in the country by, he's turning his attention to improving his game and picking his college of choice.

"I don't have a top list or anyone sticking out right now," said Gibbs. "The teams recruiting me and are still in the running are Wisconsin, Illinois, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Indiana, Michigan State and a few MAC schools."

Even going back to when Gibbs was committed to Illinois, Wisconsin and tight end coach Eddie Faulkner have been present at Gibbs' high school and consistent in UW's recruiting message to the senior.

"Coach Faulkner has been recruiting me and telling me that I'm an important piece of this recruiting class," Gibbs said. "He is a great guy and we have a good relationship between us. I do like their strength and conditioning program a lot. I also like Coach Bielema and the winning tradition. I do plan on calling them now that the season is over."

Still in the process of figuring out dates and places for his official visits, Gibbs doesn't have a timetable in mind, only one school he knows he has to see before deciding.

"Wisconsin will get a visit from me," said Gibbs. "When I do go on that visit to Wisconsin, I will be looking to learn more about their defense and how it works. I would also like to see the entire campus. A factor in my decision is whatever school I feel most comfortable at."

West Des Moines (IA) senior Sam Raridon is the only verbally committed defensive tackle in the 2013 recruiting class. The Badgers are also recruiting Gibbs' teammates, four-star offensive lineman David Dawson, who has a final four of Alabama, Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin.

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