Gibson Second Half Of Package Deal?

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Cleveland Heights wide receiver Shelton Gibson.

Even though there was chatter it would happen in the time leading up to National Signing Day, Kyle Dodson’s
decision to sign with Ohio State took more than a few people by
surprise. That includes one of his Cleveland Heights teammates certain
to have a similar spotlight on his signing ceremony next February.


Even though there was chatter it would happen in the time leading up to National Signing Day, Kyle Dodson’s
decision to sign with Ohio State took more than a few people by
surprise. That includes one of his Cleveland Heights teammates certain
to have a similar spotlight on his signing ceremony next February.

Junior wide out Shelton Gibson,
who already boasts scholarship offers from schools like Auburn, Duke,
East Carolina, North Carolina State, Mississippi State and Ohio State,
wasn’t sure where Dodson was headed until the 300-pounds plus offensive
lineman donned a Buckeyes cap amidst his chanting teammates Wednesday,
staging a mosh-pit like atmosphere in the Cleveland Heights High
auditorium.

“I didn’t expect it,” said Gibson. “But I was thinking about it
earlier (Wednesday). I was on Twitter and I was thinking like ‘Where is
this man going?’ And when I saw he was going to O-State it was like a
shock. So anything can happen.”

The 6-foot, 179-pound Gibson also figures to be the subject of an
intense recruiting battle among nationally reputable outfits. The two
highest profile schools to offer him – Ohio State and Auburn – have
already distanced themselves from the pack.

“Like I said on Twitter (Wednesday), Ohio State and Auburn are
neck-and-neck,” Gibson said. “And now that Kyle has committed to O-State
it might be like (me) going up there to Ohio State with Kyle will
probably be something I can see happening. I said that (on Tuesday) to
one of my friends, ‘Wherever Kyle goes, I was going to see if I was
going to go with him.’”

After Dodson made his announcement and began to answer questions
for gathered media, Gibson’s Auburn-Ohio State conundrum came up and the
offensive lineman made it clear he has turned from teammate to
recruiter.

“I’m not going to let him go [to Auburn],” Dodson said. “He’s going to come with me.”

And Dodson is not speaking out of turn. Continuing their
relationship as teammates with a one-year respite next season is a
subject the two have already broached.

“We were talking about that last week in the weight room,” Gibson
said. “I was like ‘Wherever you go, I’m going.’ So I don’t know. It
could happen.”

Ohio State was Gibson’s fifth offer. Gibson met Ohio State coach
Urban Meyer when the Buckeyes boss was at Cleveland Heights recently and
has talked with him on the phone since.

“It feels great,” Gibson said. “[Meyer] told me that they run the
same offense we do and that he coached Percy Harvin. But I didn’t know
Kyle was signing there today so it was pretty great. It changed my
thinking a lot.

“I’ve always been a fan of the Buckeyes. But before today I
didn’t know where Kyle was going and I was thinking Wisconsin, O-State,
Auburn or USC. And now that he’s committed to O-State, it’s still
neck-and-neck (OSU-Auburn), but it’s a tad bit O-State.”

Dodson originally committed to Wisconsin but reconsidered after
Meyer was hired and also took late looks at Michigan State, Auburn and
USC. Unlike Dodson, don’t expect Gibson’s college destination to remain
an uncertainty until Signing Day 2013.

“I want to commit this summer, right before the season starts,”
Gibson said. “I’ll go down to Auburn a couple more times and go to
O-State a couple times and see what happens.”

For a skill player that clocked a 4.36 40-yard dash at Duke’s
camp and was fifth in the 100 at states in running a 10.99 (10.81 in
prelims), there may have been reticence on Gibson’s part when it came to
the Big Ten and the perception the game is played faster in the SEC.

No longer.

“That’s what I was talking to my mom about yesterday,” Gibson
said. “I’m like, up here the Big Ten is just like big people and
everything, but now since [Meyer is] up here it’s going to feel a lot
more like the SEC.”

Gibson is among the more talented skill players in Ohio for the
Class of 2013. But there’s still some room for improvement – especially
off the field – according to Cleveland Heights coach Jeff Rotsky.

“Shelton’s got to take a lot from Kyle,” Rotsky said. “Shelton’s
an incredible kid, he’s a fun kid but he’s very different than (Dodson).
Kyle is mature beyond his years in a lot of respects. Shelton is an
unbelievable talent, maybe the best receiver around, and he’s tough,
he’s competitive, but he’s got to start really getting serious about
things because it’s here.”

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