Salem’s outstanding junior tandem of LB Kevin Whaley continue to go through the recruiting process, though not much seems to have changed over the past few months. Whaley, the Tidewater Offensive Player of the Year as a junior, has added an offer, though.
“Virginia Tech and Maryland have offered,” Salem head coach Robert Jackson said of Whaley, who rushed for 1,992 yards and scored 37 touchdowns last season.
Last December, Coach Jackson indicated that Virginia Tech had officially offered Whaley and that Akron had officially offered Gibson. He added then that he believed an offer from Virginia Tech was on the way for Gibson.
At this point, Coach Jackson says he has “not seen anything in writing” from the Hokies for Gibson. The 5-11, 225-pound Gibson earned Beach district Defensive Player of the Year this past season.
“I think maybe his size as far as Division 1A programs go might be a concern,” Jackson replied when asked why Gibson, who tallied 108 tackles including 14 sacks last season, hadn’t received more offers. “A lot of schools have told me they are going to offer him within the past couple of days. So we are just waiting for the written offers.”
Coach Jackson says he plans to take both prospects to spring practices at Virginia Tech and Virginia. No plans have been set, but they are in the works. Both players attended the Rivals junior day at Oscar Smith High School recently, and Gibson attended the Nike Combine in Baltimore recently as well.
“I don’t think he ran as well as he wanted to,” Jackson said of Gibson’s performance at the Nike combine. He did not have an exact time for his star linebacker.
Both players are working hard on and off the field, preparing for their senior seasons.
“I think their main focus right now is qualifying academically,” Jackson said. “They are right there in the ballpark right now.”
The Hokies are very much in the running with Whaley and would be very much in the mix with Gibson as well assuming they come in with an offer.
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