Hokies Pursuing Hargrave Offensive Tackle

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Laurence Gibson ‘s recruiting card

Defensive back Theron Norman and defensive lineman DeAntre Rhodes are currently the only two recruits Virginia Tech has at Hargrave Military Academy, but head coach Frank Beamer and company hope to add another. The Hokies have offered 6-6, 300-pound offensive tackle Laurence Gibson . Gibson, an inexperienced but talented offensive line prospect out of Sierra Vista, Arizona, is currently considering seven scholarship offers.

As a senior last season at Buena High School, Gibson earned second-team all-5A Southern-I region honors as a defensive lineman. He also played offensive tackle for the first time in his career.

“When I was a junior, I played defensive end,” recalled Gibson, who entered his high school career as a 6-0, 150-pound freshman. “When I was a senior, I played offensive tackle and defensive end. I ended up going to the [Offense-Defense All-American Bowl] and playing tackle. I think I was about 250 pounds then. From that time until I got to Hargrave, I added 40 pounds. Coach Prunty decided to move me to tackle, which was the best thing.”

Hargrave head coach Robert Prunty saw Gibson’s potential on offense immediately, moving the talented sleeper from defense to offense the first day of practice.

“I told him he could be a star on offense,” Prunty said.

“The kid can run. He does everything. He plays with leverage. He has great agility. He plays low for a big guy.”

Having lived in several different states – including Virginia for about a year – in his life, Gibson, whose mother is in the military, didn’t hesitate to enroll at Hargrave with hopes of gaining more exposure on the football front. He had qualified academically prior to arriving at Hargrave, an academy he learned more about through a friend of his mother’s.

“I was just looking for a full scholarship,” said Gibson.

Gibson felt he performed well at offensive tackle as a senior – “I was aggressive and I felt like I played well,” he said – but his learning curve was accelerated at Hargrave.

“We have a lot of good defensive ends here, so when I do one-on-ones in practice it only makes