Top OL Commits to Virginia Tech

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One of Virginia Tech’s top remaining 2010 class targets made his college choice earlier this evening. The news is very good for the Hokies and especially Bryan Stinespring, who adds a big-time offensive tackle prospect to his offense.

Laurence Gibson , a 6-6, 300-pound prospect out of Hargrave Military Academy, informed Stinespring and head coach Frank Beamer of his plans earlier this evening.

“I’m a Hokie,” Gibson wrote via text message earlier this evening. When reached by phone for further comment, he said, “I told Coach Beamer first. He was right there beside Coach Stinespring. Both of them were really happy. They said they were going to celebrate and take their wives out to dinner.”

Gibson made official visits to Boston College, Clemson and Virginia Tech before arriving at this decision. He also made an unofficial visit to Auburn, which had also offered a scholarship. He has informed coaches at these and all other interested schools of his decision and he does not plan to turn back.

In the end, Gibson just felt more comfortable with Virginia Tech.

“At first I put it all together and figured out the pluses and minuses of each school,” Gibson said. “I figured out that not all of the pluses are equal. I figured out that didn’t work. Finally, I just picked where my gut was telling me to go. I considered the other factors too, but this just feels right. I’m happy with the town of Blacksburg. It’s like my hometown. I guess I’m attracted to the small town feel. I liked the school. I don’t have any complaints.”

Before informing Coach Beamer and Coach Stinespring of his decision, Gibson spoke with his mother, grandparents, past coaches and Hargrave coaches.

“I told them all how I felt,” he said. “I told them how I felt about each school I visited. I told them today that I had decided on a school. Everybody was happy for me. They would’ve been happy either way, but they really supported me.”

Gibson started at defensive end and offensive tackle as a senior at Buena High School (AZ) in 2008. He qualified out of high school but didn’t earn official scholarship offers. Determined, he attended Hargrave for a postgraduate season and his stock skyrocketed. He looks forward to continuing the momentum he gained playing right tackle

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