When Detroit Cass Tech defensive tackle Kenton Gibbs made his commitment to Illinois in May, the three-star did so under the condition that he could still visit other schools. Gibbs has already made it out to two campuses this month, with more trips planned.
"I still feel strongly about [Illinois], but probably not as strong as the day I committed to Coach [Keith] Gilmore," Gibbs said. "I asked him if I could still take all my visits and go to different camps, and they said 'Yes.'"
Gibbs does not have any summer trips planned to Illinois, but will take an official visit to Champaign during his senior year. The 6-foot-2, 290-pound defender has made visits to other schools this summer, including a stop a Wisconsin this past weekend.
"I got the Wisconsin offer," Gibbs said. "Coach [Charlie] Partridge told me they don't have any pass rushers that are naturally gifted playing on the inside."
The Wisconsin coaches did not need Gibbs to work out at their camp for an offer; just needed him to stop by and show interest. He also made an unofficial visit to Madison in the spring for a practice.
"It's a great place, winning tradition, winning program," Gibbs said of Wisconsin. "They have Barry Alvarez and Coach [Bret] Bielema, so it is a great opportunity."
Prior to visiting Wisconsin, Gibbs accompanied several teammates who were working out at Pitt's camp earlier this month.
"I like Pitt a lot too," Gibbs said. "Their D-line coach is a real cool, down-to-earth guy and the city is a beautiful city."
Gibbs also holds an offer from Pitt, as well as Indiana and several Mid-American Conference schools. He plans one more summer trip before preparing to help Cass Tech defend their Division I state title.
"I think I visit Ohio State July 9, and that's it," Gibbs said. "They told me they want to see me at the camp, but Coach [Kerry] Coombs told me he didn't need me to work out he just wanted me to visit."
Gibbs totaled 15 sacks during Cass Tech's state championship season of 2011. He is ranked as the nation's No. 34 defensive tackle prospect and No. 11 player in the state of Michigan for 2013.