Scouting Report on Jason Gibsonby Barry Every - 06/03/2010
- SpeedBlue Chip
- SizeDivision I Player
- StrengthDivision I Player
- AgilityBlue Chip
- Lateral PursuitBlue Chip
On the Hoof: Gibson definitely looks the part of a hybrid linebacker/defensive end, tall and lean but not quite big enough to be an every-down lineman. He looks like a slightly taller Josh Shirley from the 2010 class.
Needs Improvement: Gibson is undersized to project as a defensive end and has not played linebacker. Can he add enough weight and play with better leverage at the point of attack? If he projects as a linebacker he will need to play in space and work on his hips and backpedal.
Most Impressive: If he can play linebacker with his the ideal size and length, then look for him to be cross-trained at both strongside and weakside linebacker. He has excellent straight-ahead speed and should be a serious pass-rushing threat. Gibson also has the ability to go sideline to sideline to make defensive stops.
Conclusion: He most likely will need to redshirt while he is converted from defensive end to linebacker. He also will be getting looks on all the coverage teams because this kid can fly and is not afraid of contact. If he can successfully make the position change he could become an all-conference performer.
Barry Every is a Football Recruiting Analyst for Rivals.com. He has worked in the recruiting offices for Mark Richt at the University of Georgia, Bobby Bowden at Florida State University and Mack Brown at the University of North Carolina