Baytown (Texas) Sterling has not seen too many Division I prospects come through the halls over the past couple of years but wide receiver Chance Nelson broke the dry spell when he signed with Texas A&M in February. The Rangers have an elite prospect coming up in the program, though.
Wide receiver Jamar Gibson is only a sophomore but the 6-foot-2, 190-pound prospect has already been receiving college interest for some time. He received his first offer about a month ago and recently decided he wanted to make an early commitment.
"I committed to Texas A&M," Gibson said on Monday morning. "I did it yesterday. I called them up and told them I wanted to be an Aggie. I got to speak with the head coach and tell him I wanted to commit. He was excited.
"I just wanted to get it out of the way. I knew where I wanted to go so I figured I might as well just get it out of the way so I can focus on other things like my grades and my next two seasons here."
Gibson says he plans to make a trip to College Station soon.
"I've been there twice and I've really liked it up there," he said. "I'm going back for the spring game in a couple weeks too."
Gibson admits that Nelson, a very close friend of his, played a large factor in his decision to commit to the Aggies.
"That had a lot to do with it," he said. "We're really close and we've had more than a few discussions about Texas A&M."
Sterling is moving to the triple option offense under new head coach Troy Aduddell this coming season so Nelson's reception numbers are likely to suffer a bit. However, he could see his stock shoot up on the other side of the ball.
"As far as right now, they're recruiting me as a receiver," Gibson said of A&M. "I'm going to be playing some defensive back this year as well so I guess I could end up playing there too. It really doesn't matter to me. I just played receiver this past season though."
Though Texas A&M is the only early offer so far for the young standout, Gibson says other schools have been showing quite a bit of interest.
"Texas said they're likely going to offer me," he said. "They don't offer this early. I'm hearing from a bunch of other schools too. I'm going to A&M though."
As a sophomore this past season, Gibson earned first-team all-district honors after tallying 48 receptions for 771 yards and 11 touchdowns.