- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
Ohio State has led for Cleveland Heights (Ohio) receiver Shelton Gibson, but that does not mean the ESPN 300 receiver is committing anytime soon.
Gibson plans on taking at least a few official visits, and his first went to West Virginia the weekend of Nov. 30.
“It was great. I got a chance spend some time with the players and coaches and went to a great game,” Gibson said.
It was his second visit to West Virginia as Gibson went there for a camp back in the summer. During that first visit, however, Gibson wasn’t able to talk with any of the Mountaineers players. He said hearing what the players on the team had to say was the most enlightening part of the trip.
“They told the coaches are good, nice and everything and push you to work hard,” Gibson said. “They let you play like you played in high school.”
The best thing the Mountaineers have going for it is the offense coach Dana Holgorsen runs, as Gibson is a big-play threat and likes the up-tempo offense in Morgantown.
Assistant coach Bill Bedenbaugh will make an in-home visit with Gibson next week.
Although the Mountaineers did not surpass the Buckeyes for the top spot on Gibson’s list, they positioned themselves to land Gibson if things don’t work out in Columbus.
“It helped out a lot. They’re second in my top five,” he said. “Right now it’s O-State, West Virginia, NC State, Louisville and Oregon.”
New NC State coach Dave Doeren talked with Gibson this week and secured an official visit from Gibson for the weekend of Dec. 14.
“I talked to [Doeren on Wednesday],” Gibson said. “He was telling me about the playerd coming back and everything.”
Gibson was also happy to see reports coach Charlie Strong is staying at Louisville, keeping the Cardinals in his top group.
Ohio State assistant Stan Drayton has an in-home visit with Gibson on Thursday.
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