Gardena (Calif.) Serra has had its fair share of marquee players over the last several years so they always a draw attention. The fantastic Robert Woods comes to mind for the class of 2010. Speedy George Farmer grabbed headlines for the class of 2011, but there is another from the class of 2011 that is destined to grab headlines, too.
That player to keep in mind is sack master defensive end Jason Gibson (6-2, 198, 4.6).
Gibson earned first-team all-league, all-CIF, and defensive rookie of the year as a sophomore after racking up 74 tackles, 11 sacks, two forced fumbles and two deflected passes.
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The talented defensive end already has an impressive list of offers from the likes of Arizona, Arizona State, Stanford, UCLA, Washington and Washington State.
Even though it is very early in the process, the thoughtful young man is already investigating schools.
"I've been thinking about going to Stanford," Gibson said. "Mainly because of their education.
"When I took a visit there, it seemed pretty good. I felt pretty comfortable there."
"Though I like Stanford, I haven't committed," Gibson said. "I'm going to wait until my senior year."
Are there any other schools that have his attention?
"UCLA is a good school," Gibson said. "I would probably go there, too.
"At UCLA all the players are young and they seem like they can grow into a good program," Gibson said. "I want to be part of something like that. I think I could help them grow into a better program.
"I like to improve things and make them better," Gibson said. "That's just how I am.
"With USC, I like that school, but I don't see myself going there right now," Gibson said. "Maybe later."
Gibson still has a lot of upside to reach as a football player, but he is very consistent in the way he approaches the game. He has the discipline and work habits to get the maximum out of his skills. He's still learning, but he has the willingness to improve.
Gibson is working on getting stronger and even though he is very explosive, he feels he can get even better, so he is working on his strength to achieve that aim. His current bench is 275, he squats 410 and power cleans 275.
What is the talented junior to be looking for in a college?
"Right now academics tops the list, but also who comfortable I am in the surroundings and with the people at the school," Gibson said. "Academics though is the most important because I need that."
"I'm thinking about going into physical therapy or something that stays close to football because that's what I love. I want to stay close to the game.
Regarding camps, he is planning to take in Stanford's on June 26th, UCLA's camp later this month and USC's Rising Star camp.