Sure enough, Gibson was floored by what he called “a city behind walls,” marked by fine facilities, nice people and a wealth of academic opportunity. In turn, Gibson made sure to impress the Army coaches during the one-day football camp, leading to a scholarship offer and ultimately, the safety’s commitment to the Black Knights on Monday.
“My dad and mom wanted the best academic school and I wanted the best combination of academics and athletics, and I felt Army was that,” said Gibson, who chose Army over James Madison, along with offers from Elon, Liberty, Nevada, Norfolk State and Old Dominion. “I did my research and I really liked the school when I went there.”
As Army’s 11th commitment in the 2015 class, the 6-foot-2, 200-pound Gibson brings a brand of play marked by speed and physicality to West Point. Several schools recruited Gibson as a linebacker, but he is looking forward to playing on the last line of defense for Army, using the same blend of skills that helped him score two touchdowns last season off a fumble recovery and blocked field goal while helping Westfield go 11-3 en route to a spot in the Virginia 6A North region championship game.
With his college decision behind him, Gibson hopes to use his leadership and skills as a senior to help Westfield attain more success this fall.
“We expect to win, just like we expect out of team every year,” Gibson said. “As a senior, it puts a little more pressure on me to lead but winning is the only thing acceptable at Westfield.”
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