NCF On The Trail: reilly gibbons

Bold predictions: Pac-12 

February, 4, 2014
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If the past several years are any indication, it's always fairly safe to expect something unexpected on signing day. From supposed locks signing elsewhere to supposed flips staying put, signing day wouldn't be signing day without the accompanying element of surprise.

With that being said, we look ahead to Wednesday and offer five predictions as to how the Pac-12 will fare.

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The countdown is on, as the final weekend before signing day comes to a conclusion. Monday begins the dead period before signing day, so phones will likely be ringing off the hook between now and Wednesday -- phone contact is allowed during a dead period, in-person contact is not -- as Pac-12 coaches look to finalize the 2014 class.


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The rich got richer along the offensive line on Saturday as Stanford was able to flip ESPN 300 offensive tackle Reilly Gibbons (St. Petersburg, Fla./St. Petersburg Catholic) from his Miami commitment.

The commitment from Gibbons, the No. 241 overall prospect and No. 15 offensive tackle nationally, continues a hot streak for the Cardinal along the offensive line. The last three verbal commitments to Stanford have come at the tackle position -- ESPN 300 tackle Casey Tucker (Chandler, Ariz./Hamilton) committed on Jan. 23, followed by four-star tackle Jesse Burkett (Jacksonville, Fla./Bartram Trail), who flipped from Vanderbilt on Jan. 28.


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Best ACC classes by position 

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Florida State has the top class among ACC schools right now, but that is taking the Seminoles’ entire 23-recruit class into account. The Noles don’t have the best class at every position, as some of Florida State’s top rivals are looking stronger at certain positions. Here’s a look at which ACC school has the best class by position:

Quarterback

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Weekly commitment roundup 

April, 12, 2013
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Boston College
Harold Landry DE Fayetteville, N.C./Pine Forest
HT: 6-foot-3 WT: 230 pounds

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Miami's offensive line, from a forward-thinking perspective, has been greatly upgraded over the last two weeks.

First it was Kc McDermott (Wellington, Fla./Palm Beach Central) picking the Hurricanes over Notre Dame last Tuesday. And Reilly Gibbons (St. Petersburg, Fla./St. Petersburg Catholic), also an ESPN Watch List offensive tackle, doubled the Hurricanes' tally on Monday afternoon, his father confirmed.

Gibbons said Miami considers him to be a left tackle prospect.

During his recruitment, Gibbons racked up offers from across the country. Arkansas, Auburn, Cincinnati, Clemson, Colorado, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Mississippi State, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Carolina state, Northwestern, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Purdue, Rutgers, South Carolina, South Florida, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Virginia and West Virginia all offered.

Art Kehoe, the Hurricanes offensive line coach and longtime assistant, led Miami's pursuit of Gibbons.

Gibbons joins not only McDermott, but also Nick Linder (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) Trevor Darling (Miami/Central) as other offensive linemen committed to Miami.

The Hurricanes are now up to six commitments for the Class of 2014.
Here are five storylines to watch on Saturday.


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There’s a shortage of offensive linemen in Columbus after the 2013 season. Urban Meyer knows it. That’s why the trenches are a point of interest for Ohio State in the 2014 recruiting class.

The Buckeyes offered their 19th offensive tackle from the junior class and their 21st offensive lineman overall.


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Class of 2014 Watch List offensive lineman Reilly Gibbons (St. Petersburg, Fla./St. Pete Catholic) admits it took him a while to get warmed up for the Under Armour National Combine. But the 6-foot-4, 274-pound senior was good to go by the time the one-on-ones began.

Going into the event, Gibbons reports over a dozen offers but he’s still working on trying to secure more.

“I’m definitely trying to get the attention of some of the bigger schools,” Gibbons said. “I’m trying to get something from Florida and something from Notre Dame for sure.

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2014 OL has connections to Michigan 

December, 21, 2012
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Most high school football players dream only of playing in the NFL, but junior offensive lineman Reilly Gibbons (St. Petersburg, Fla./St. Petersburg Catholic) wants to take that one step further. Gibbons doesn't want to just play in the NFL, but hopes to one day become an attorney for the league.

Reilly Gibbons
Courtesy of Shannon Gibbons2014 OL Reilly Gibbons, the cousin of Michigan kicker Brendan Gibbons, likes a lot of what the Wolverines have to offer.
"[Reilly] wants to be an attorney like his mom, and there are a few local players that have been attorneys in the NFL that have been successful," Gibbons' dad, Shannon, said. "We have a few friends that have done that as well, and since sixth or seventh grade Reilly has wanted to help people, especially athletes."

The 6-foot-6, 272-pound lineman is well on his way to the first step of the process by gaining scholarship offers to top college programs across the country. Illinois, Miami (Fla), Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and West Virginia make up some of the schools that have already extended offers to Gibbons.

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Midway through spring practice at St. Petersburg (Fla.) Catholic, tight end Reilly Gibbons decided to make the move to the offensive line. Three months later, the 6-foot-6, 265-pound junior has more than a dozen offers with programs such as Nebraska, Tennessee, Missouri, South Florida and North Carolina showing heavy early interest.

For his part, Gibbons said the move wasn't difficult to make and he's happy that the switch was made.

"We really don't throw a lot in the offense so maybe I was getting two balls a game if I were lucky," Gibbons said. "I was blocking from the tight end position for Ryan [Green] anyway so it was a natural transition."

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