Cedar Hill, Texas wide receiver Lovett Gibson earned several offers with his play over the spring and the beginning of this season. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound pass catcher shows a lot of promise and colleges came calling.
With Gibson having taken official visits to Minnesota and UTEP, he decided to end the recruiting process. On Sunday, he made a call to his future position coach.
"I committed to UTEP," Gibson said. "I went ahead and did it today. I called up and talked to coach (Guy) Holliday. He was excited and just told me to keep up the good work."
Gibson says there were a lot of factors that led to the choice of the in-state program.
"I made a list of what I wanted from a school and UTEP matched up almost perfectly," he said. "It isn't too far away from home. They're strong in my major.
"The football team is just like Cedar Hill - a family. There's a close brotherhood and coach Holiday is an awesome coach. Coach (Mike) Price is a wonderful coach too."
A visit to El Paso in September seemed to seal the deal for the Miners.
"I've been out there," Gibson said of UTEP. "I took my official visit out there when they played Memphis. It was crazy. Memphis was a big game. After they won, I went on the field and talked to the players and they said they hadn't beaten Memphis in a long time so the atmosphere was crazy. The fans were crazy and the stadium was loud. I wanted to go out there on the field and play."
Originally scheduled to be a midterm graduate, Gibson says he has pushed his schedule back.
"I was going to but that's changed," he said. "I talked to my mom about it but we decided to spread out my schedule a bit over my whole senior year."
Gibson chose the Miners over offers from Minnesota, Colorado, Tulsa, Memphis, North Texas, Wyoming and Western Kentucky. Through seven games this year he has 43 receptions for 707 yards (16.4 yards per catch) and seven touchdowns.