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Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Coach denies reports of Gibson to WVU

By Jared Shanker

Jeff Rotsky says his star receiver is not committed anywhere just yet.

Rivals.com reported Wednesday that Cleveland Heights (Ohio) receiver Shelton Gibson committed to West Virginia, but the ESPN 300 recruit's coach says that it is not the case.

As of 7 p.m. ET, Rotsky continued to say Gibson, ranked No. 201 nationally, was not a West Virginia commitment.

"No commitment made," the Cleveland Heights coach wrote in a text message.

A few hours earlier, minutes after Gibson said he committed, Rotsky also said Gibson was not committed. A teammate, however, said the four-star Gibson did indeed commit to the Mountaineers.

Gibson, the No. 28 receiver nationally, did not respond to requests for comment. West Virginia cannot comment due to NCAA rules.

Rotsky said NC State visited the high school today. Gibson had planned a visit to NC State on Dec. 14 but ended up visiting Kentucky. Tennessee is supposed to be at Gibson's school Thursday, Rotsky said. Gibson is tentatively scheduled to visit the Volunteers this weekend.

He officially visited West Virginia the weekend of Nov. 30 and said that visit helped the Mountaineers close the gap on Ohio State, which was his leader for several months.

“I like West Virginia’s coaches down there and everything,” Gibson told RecruitingNation reporter William Wilkerson at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 3.

He also talked about the offense and following Tavon Austin. "... He has jets and likes running inside plays. I like running those, too. He’s real fast and likes to return kickoffs and punts. I can see myself doing that.”