Tyler Gibson Has Virginia Tech Connection

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 work out, and they gave me a call, Coach (Vance) Vice did. When I tweeted it out, (Clontz) was like, ‘oh my god, I can’t believe what just happened.’”

Vice has been Gibson’s primary contact with the Hokies. Their talks, as well as Gibson’s conversations with a former teammate, have also provided some much-needed perspective.

“I think you know Cole Nelson, and I talk with him about the environment there, how’s it been, do I need to visit? I’m just asking him questions about Virginia Tech, since I got offered. I’ve always just asked those questions, and he always says it’s a cool environment. I really have good vibes with them, honestly.”

Gibson, Rivals.com’s No. 31 offensive tackle for 2022, said he hasn’t seen much of any of his options, but he did take a virtual visit Sunday with West Virginia that allowed him to see more of the Mountaineers.

“It’s not as good as the real thing, but I thought it was cool and I loved it, to be honest,” Gibson said. “They showed me a couple of hype videos and it looked cool. Otherwise, they really appreciated having me there, and they’re just really nice. I was talking to (offensive recruiting coordinator) Scott Gasper, (graduate assistant) Whitney Harris and (recruiting coordinator) Katie Giusto. I also talked to their strength and conditioning coach in the beginning, but after that it was just those three.”

Outside of that visit, Gibson said he counts West Virginia as one of the schools he’s continually heard from most.

“I’m hearing from Coach (Matt) Moore at West Virginia, Coach (John) Garrison at NC State, Coach (director of player personnel and high school relations Dwike) Wilson from Indiana, mostly from them and it’s been nice,” Gibson said. “They just like usually checking up on me, asking how my day’s going. I usually text back, and then we have a full-on conversation after that. Usually, when we text each other, we go back and forth for 5-10 min, then I have to say I need to be on my way. I have a busy schedule, we’ll say that.”

Those talks help, but Gibson said they won’t make his decision of where he’ll play and attend college. And so, while there is a season and positives to build on, he waits. Gibson said any movement likely won’t