BATON ROUGE -- Juniors were the main beneficiaries of this past weekend's NUC Five-Star Showcase in Zachary, La. The event was an invite-only affair for some of the region's top talent, including plenty of members of the class of 2013 hoping to make an impression ahead of their senior years.
However, some of the day's most impressive performers weren't even upper classmen yet, as several sophomores made quite an impact Saturday.
Among them was a New Orleans product in Archbishop Shaw quarterback Quentin Gibson. Gibson was one of the few quarterbacks at the camp from the class of 2014, but he shined right alongside his elder peers. The sophomore was named the event's quarterback MVP for his efforts in the position workouts, as well as one-on-one scrimmaging with wide receivers and defensive backs.
"I was just trying to come out here and compete against some of the Southeast's best," Gibson said. "I did my part, learned from it and I'm getting better at the same time."
Gibson averaged about 180 yards per game as a starter during his sophomore season, with a lot of those going to junior receiver Kent Shelby. Shelby made the trip to Zachary with Gibson on Saturday, and the pair combined for plenty of long gains.
"I can rely on him," Gibson said. "He's a beast, and we have that connection and chemistry. So it's good to have him out here with me."
As one might expect, Gibson's build is pretty slim at this stage in his career. He measures up at a willowy 6-foot-2, 156 pounds, and he might look even smaller than that. That's something Gibson said he's gotten used to though, since he's been attending football camps since he was an eighth grader.
"At first it's hard to get used to because everybody is bigger than you," he said. "Then you learn that size matters, but your athletic ability can probably overtake their size. Even though I'm skinny, I just have to overtake what they have."
Whatever his measurements might be, there's no mistaking Gibson's arm, which was one of the more impressive ones on display. Gibson routinely launched beautiful balls upward of 30 and 40 yards downfield.
"Even though I'm small, I throw a good deep ball with accuracy, and my footwork is really better than what people would expect," he said. "They just tell me to try to get bigger and try to get stronger."
Although he's only a sophomore, Gibson said he's got plans for a busy spring and summer when schools start hosting camps on campus.
"I'm going to try to go to LSU, Alabama, Auburn, Florida -- some of the Southeast schools," he said. "Then I want to take a trip, probably to Oklahoma State. Some of the passing schools -- that's where I want to go to college."