Tyler Gibson Has Virginia Tech Connection

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Tyler Gibson
Offensive Line, Class of 2022
Johns Creek, Alpharetta, GA
6-5, 285

It’s obvious there’s some frustration with Johns Creek (Ga.) 2022 four-star offensive tackle Tyler Gibson. He’s headed into game three of his junior season, but the Gladiators are 0-2, there’s been a spate of injuries on the team, and his recruitment is somewhat stalled at the moment.

Gibson has 13 scholarship offers, most recently from Maryland, West Virginia and Indiana. But because of NCAA recruiting rules and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, he’s been unable to take any in-person visits. Gibson has gotten a sense of some of his options, but he doesn’t want to push further without at least seeing them for himself.

Injury-wise, there has been an abundance of players going down at all levels this season. While common thought is that inconsistent offseason training and few or no preseason games are the main contributors, Gibson said he’s less worried on that front.

“I’m fine, I’m straight,” he said. “I kind of expected, I didn’t know who would get hurt, but I knew someone would. That’s how life is, that’s how the game is. Hopefully everyone can get to football shape, where we’re 100%.”

In his recruitment, Gibson said he’s been unable to decipher much, but he has developed a check list of what he’ll be looking for most.

“I’m looking for a good sports, academic and business type of school,” Gibson said. “Also, I want a good program to go through my career of playing football. Whatever fits best for me at least, going into college.”

Virginia Tech offered Gibson a scholarship in May, and while he hasn’t been to Blacksburg himself, he said he’s relied in part on the connection with a family friend, a former VT baseball player and World Series Champion with the Atlanta Braves.

“Brad Clontz, he’s a good buddy of mine and my dad, we’re close and we plan to go visit over there soon, as soon as we can,” Gibson said. “I’m not sure how my dad knows him, but my dad knows everyone. I know my dad met Brad a while ago. In the beginning, he definitely talked them up. I think when I got my first offer, he was helping me out, putting me on with Virginia Tech. After he tweeted me, all the coaches followed me on Twitter and it was big. When I got offered, I didn’t know it was coming. I was in the car on the way to