Two-time Beach district Defensive Player of the Year Lyndell Gibson will arrive in Blacksburg on June 29th, and he is very much looking forward to it. The 5-11, 210-pound linebacker, a former star at Salem High School in Virginia Beach, has been preparing hard for his freshman year at Virginia Tech.
“I’ve just been getting my body ready for the next level and training hard,” Gibson said. “I’ve been running way more than I usually have. I’ve run a lot. I run four times throughout the week. I lift hard, but that is a no-brainer. I’ve always done that. I’m doing a lot of cardio to get my lungs ready to play at Virginia Tech’s speed.”
A versatile performer who racked up 108 tackles including 14 sacks as a junior, Gibson will get a look at all three linebacker positions in Tech’s defense.
“They said they want to try me at inside and outside. It doesn’t matter to me, but I am ready to work with Coach Bud. I’ve heard he is a real cool dude,” Gibson said.
Besides performing well in the classroom, Gibson has one main focus on his mind.
“I’m ready to play,” Gibson said. “I’m not going to worry about the party life or anything like that. I want to play football.”
Known for his big hits, Gibson is looking to make a big impression as a true freshman.
“Hopefully, I’ll start to get some recognition around the ACC and in the nation my freshman year,” Gibson said. “I want to get my name out there and get known. If I play a lot, I want to put up some big stats.”
Virginia Beach high school coaches rave about Gibson’s talents and certainly were not surprised to see him land a scholarship offer from Virginia Tech. Entering high school, however, playing Division 1A college football, let alone playing for the Hokies, did not seem to be a realistic goal.
“As a ninth grader, I was just a little dude surrounded by big, tall towers,” Gibson said. “I just chilled and was just doing what I do. I got better and I started to know I had the chance to do...
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