Four-star Gibson has decided

Sep 27, 2021 | 0 comments


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Last weekend Winter Garden (Fla.) West Orange four-star wide receiver Jayden Gibson‍ made an unofficial visit to see Florida for their matchup against Alabama.

As it turns out, that will be the last visit he takes before he announces his college decision live on CBS Sports on October 13 – and it is one that made a lasting memory.

“There was crazy energy, great energy,” said Gibson. “It was probably one of the most electric stadiums I've been to before. It's probably something I won't ever forget regardless of where I go to school.”

Before going to the game, Gibson told Inside the Gators that though he had publically released his top eight, there were actually four programs that had separated themselves from the pack.


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He wasn't willing to release who those top four were at that time – and he still isn't.

“I'm not going to go down any more,” said Gibson. “I'm going to make my commitment off of that top eight.”

Gibson said that though fans will be kept in suspense for 17 more days, he, himself is already sure of his choice.

“I haven't told anybody, but I already know where I'm going,” said Gibson. “I'm just waiting for the day to come to make the announcement.”

According to Gibson, he finalized where he will be committing over the last week.

“I kind of already knew where I wanted to go, but I wanted to make sure it was the right decision,” said Gibson. “I'll say I came to peace with it in the last weekish. We'll say last week sometime.”

Throughout the spring and summer Florida seemed to be in great shape for the legacy prospect out of central Florida, and though he hasn't said so himself, seemed to then slide back over the last couple of months.

In an interview with Inside the Gators in August, Gibson revealed that though he thought that he currently had a good relationship with Florida head coach Dan Mullen, compared to other coaches, Mullen was harder to get to know.

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Since then, whether it was because of what he said or some other reason, Gibson said he has seen a change in his interactions with Mullen.

“He hasn't talked to me directly about me saying that, but ever since then he's been a little bit different – he'll talk to me and be a little more open. I think he knows that what I was saying really wasn't a bad thing. Some people act like I wanted to be recruited harder. It wasn't like I was like, 'Oh, I need more access to Coach Mullen' or anything like that. What he was giving me, I was fine with. I was saying that he isn't the kind of coach who is this super loud, all up in your face, going to be your buddy type. He's more of an execution and results type of coach, and I'm fine with that. He was already recruiting me hard and he's kind of boosted it up a notch after all of that.”

Now that that has been straightened out – if it even needed to be – the 6-foot-5, 190-pounder is on the clock to make his pledge.

In choosing the school he will attend, he said he kept the criteria simple.

“Everybody tries to overcomplicate it,” explained Gibson, “but really it came down to the place where I think I can be the most successful at.”

Gibson is the No. 170 ranked prospect in the nation according to the 247 Sports Composite.

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