- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio -- The Buckeyes are still the team to beat for Shelton Gibson (Cleveland Heights, Ohio/Cleveland Heights), but the speedy ESPN 300 receiver is still planning to take the process well into his senior season and possibly past it.
“Ohio State is still my top school,” said Gibson, who has been leaning the Buckeyes’ way since early spring. “The only thing now is I just want focus on high school. I’m still on recruiting and everything but just more focused on my high school career.”
The top receiver in Ohio and No. 196 overall nationally, Gibson has not set any official visits, but he wants to make it to Ohio State on Sept. 15. Gibson has not talked with Urban Meyer since Friday Night Lights, but he called Stan Drayton the morning before his game Friday.
Coincidentally, that Sept. 15 game is against California, a new program among Gibson’s top group. Gibson is a fan of former Cal receiver and NFL Pro Bowl selection DeSean Jackson. Much like Jackson, Gibson’s game is built around his speed.
In his last season at Cal, Jackson was listed at 5-foot-11 and 172 pounds. Gibson is 5-foot-11 and 173 pounds.
“It’s a West Coast team and I believe that’s my only offer from the West Coast,” he said. “They had DeSean Jackson, so they must coach good receivers.”
Auburn (his original favorite), Mississippi State and West Virginia are the three other teams in line for an official visit.
In the season opener against Toledo (Ohio) St. John’s Jesuit, Gibson caught a long touchdown on a streak down the sideline on the game’s third play, and he scored on a fourth-down catch in the second quarter.
“I couldn’t even sleep [Thursday night],” he said. “I woke up at 6 in the morning. I was watching videos, was watching St. Ed’s vs. Wayne two years ago and Maple Heights vs. Trotwood and us vs. St. Eds, and I was just getting hungrier and hungrier.”
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