One of the highest ranked uncommitted prospects left in the Midwest is Cleveland Heights (Ohio) wide receiver Shelton Gibson, but the four-star prospect has stayed fairly quiet in the recruiting process this fall.
"Everything is on standstill until after the season," Gibson reported. "I really want to go to the Michigan-OState game (Nov. 24), but if things go well in the playoffs I won't be able to go."
Cleveland Heights kicks off their post-season on Saturday with a first round game against Lakewood St. Edward, ranked as the No. 5 team nationally by RivalsHigh.
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Gibson has been able to attend two Ohio State home games this fall, including their Oct. 6 matchup in Columbus with Nebraska.
"It was the greatest game I ever went to," Gibson said. "It was even better than the Alabama vs. Auburn game, and that's a big game. The whole stands were red and it was just crazy."
Ohio State has long been considered the top team on Gibson's list and that has not changed during the course of the fall.
"They are the team to beat, most definitely," Gibson confirmed.
A final decision, however, will not come until closer to National Signing Day according to Gibson. He plans to take visits in the winter, with most expected to come in January. Ohio State will definitely receive one of those official visits, but only one other team is likely
"I would say the University of California, then I would probably have to think about the other three," Gibson said.
Two other schools Gibson mentioned as being part of his thought process on visits were West Virginia and N.C. State. Earlier in the process Auburn was considered Ohio State's greatest competition for Gibson, but the Tigers season may be affecting their strength with the Rivals100 receiver.
"They are still high on my list," Gibson said of Auburn. "I can't judge them by their record because I think they are going to be a good team, but I have to look at it."
The 6-foot-1, 175-pound Gibson is ranked as the No. 11 receiver in the country and the No. 85 player overall. He has been selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January.