Detroit Cass Tech three-star defensive tackle Kenton Gibbs committed to Illinois last spring, but decommitted from the Illini at the start of his senior season. But Gibbs is once again looking at Illinois and was in Champaign for his official visit this past weekend.
"I really like Illinois… I've always liked Illinois," Gibbs said. "The official visit gave me look at some of the things that are going on."
Gibbs was hosted by Cass Tech alum and Illinois defensive end Kenny Nelson. The highlight of the trip, though, was spending time with the Illinois coaching staff.
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"All the coaches are down to earth people," Gibbs said. "Some coaches just aren't relaxed and aren't as great to be around as the Illinois coaching staff.
"For the most part, I didn't have any questions. I just wanted to talk football with the coaches and find out the intricacies of the defense. Coach [Keith] Gilmore just told me about the way their defensive line works."
The 6-foot-2, 290-pound Gibbs said his decision will likely come on National Signing Day and he expects to take his remaining four official visits in the month of January. He has set the first of those visits for the weekend of Jan. 11 to Pittsburgh.
"As of now I don't have any of the other visits scheduled," Gibbs said. "Wisconsin and N.C. State would put me at four, and Indiana would probably be my fifth."
N.C. State is a new team on his list, but the coach recruiting him for the Wolfpack is one he has known for awhile.
"Coach [Eddie] Faulkner went from Wisconsin to N.C. State and he said he wanted to get me down there to see what that is all about," Gibbs said.
This past season Gibbs helped Cass Tech win their second straight Division 1 state championship. He returned a fumble for a touchdown in the title game.