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Thursday, January 3, 2013
Four stand out to ESPN 300 WR

By William Wilkerson

SAN ANTONIO -- ESPN 300 wide receiver Shelton Gibson (Cleveland Heights, Ohio/Cleveland Heights) has continuously looked like one of the best slot receivers for the East during practices for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

It’s no wonder why schools from across the land are going all in for him.

However, there are only four schools right now that he is reciprocating interest in: West Virginia, Ohio State, Kentucky and Tennessee.

He has already taken official visits to West Virginia (Nov. 30) and Kentucky (Dec. 14), and has official visits scheduled for Ohio State (Jan. 11) and Tennessee (Jan. 18).

After practice on Thursday Gibson named the Mountaineers and Buckeyes as his leaders with the Wildcats and Volunteers nipping on their heels.

“I like West Virginia’s coaches down there and everything,” said Gibson, the No. 26 WR and No. 199 player overall. “With Ohio State it’s playing time. Urban Meyer is one of the best coaches.”

Gibson (5-foot-11, 173 pounds) said West Virginia is coming after him the hardest right now and selling him on the role of Mountaineers star receiver Tavon Austin.

“He has jets and likes running inside plays,” Gibson said. “I like running those, too. He’s real fast and likes to return kickoffs and punts. I can see myself doing that.”

Gibson has made five trips to Columbus already but is looking forward to his official visit. He’s roomed all week with Buckeyes commitment Evan Lisle, who has been talking up Ohio State.