Long and lean WR Jayden Gibson (6-6 185) of Winter Garden, FL made official visits in June Miami and Baylor. He has not yet scheduled the final three for this fall, but he said USC will be one of his stops. He also plans to go to Florida and to either Georgia or Florida State.
Gibson said USC, Miami, Georgia, Florida and Florida State make up his top five at this point with Baylor and Auburn also in the mix. He made a two-day unofficial visit with his father to USC in June. Gamecocks receivers coach Justin Stepp has been his go-to man with the program.
“We talk all the time,” Gibson said. “He hits me up on all the social media. He’s just telling me he wants me to come up, he likes me so much and I’m the guy that they need. He said they can’t wait to see me back up there again for the game and they’re excited for that. I think it’s (the official visit) really important to them and it’s really important to me because I liked it so much when I went there the first time. I definitely want to see the whole atmosphere.”
Gibson is getting closer on a decision.
“Maybe at the end of the month, if I really sit down and think about it and have a conversation with my people,” Gibson said. “Definitely, early in September, after I take at least one or two officials for sure. I think I’ll have the opportunity to play early at all my top schools. I’ve kind of taken that out of the equation to decide between the schools because it’s going to be up to how hard I work. Basically, I’m going to have to work no matter where I go. Relationship with the coaches. I’m not one who cares about distance from home. I don’t care how far I have to go. It’s going to come down where I feel most comfortable with the coaches and the players, and the school I feel I can succeed the most at.”
Gibson carries a four-star rating in the 247Sports Composite and is ranked the #41 receiver nationally in the 2022 class. Last season he had 32 catches for 775 yards and 9 touchdowns. He compares himself to another tall, lanky receiver who is a star at Clemson.
“I would definitely say Justyn Ross,” Gibson said. “I met Justin Ross at The Opening. We talked and he was out there supporting me saying he liked my game. I definitely think I compare to a big receiver like him that’s so agile, so good in how he runs his routes and with great top end speed. I feel I can definitely compare myself to Justyn Ross.”