Madison County (Fla.) is a program with a winning tradition. That tradition is continuing in 2010 as the Cowboys are off to a 7-0 start after defeating Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln 27-13 on Thursday night. The vaunted Cowboy rushing attack is powered by the strong play of their offensive line and the biggest man on that line is 6-foot-3, 316-pound offensive tackle La'Donte Gibson.
Gibson believes that Madison is capable of returning to the form they had in the 2007 season when they won a state championship.
"We just have to get better and better every week," Gibson said. "I feel like this team is better than all of the other teams we have ever had because we are such a tight group. We have bonded together. I feel like we haven't come close to playing as well as we can as a group."
The talented lineman has begun to see his recruitment pick up.
"Southern Miss has offered and FAMU as well," Gibson said. "Florida State, USF, Florida, and Arkansas are also looking at me."
He has also taken one visit, and has plans to take an official visit in the coming weeks.
"Only school I have been to so far is FAMU," Gibson said. "I go to Southern Miss in the next couple weeks, that will be an official."
When it comes to Larry Fedora's program, Gibson said the Golden Eagles are looking at him as a possibility on both sides of the ball.
"They told me they really wanted to offer me as an athlete and look at me on possibly both sides of the ball," Gibson said. "I just really want to get there and see if it is a place I can fit into."
Whether it is offensive line or defensive line for Gibson, it doesn't matter to him.
"It is a possibility I switch sides," Gibson said. "That is what Southern Miss and the other colleges have been talking to me about. It really doesn't matter to me, just whatever the team wants me to be at."
With hopes that more offers come in during his senior season, Gibson said he plans to take his time with the process. When it does come time for him to decide, he just wants to move on to a program with as high of a standard of winning as he has grown accustomed to at Madison.
"I want to win a National Championship every year," Gibson said. "I want to be part of a winning program."