James Gibson is a prospect on the rise. Recently, the 2015 Chantilly (Va.) Westfield safety picked…
Gibson commits to Army
"The combination of great academics and athletics at West Point really put them over the top. Football is not the main thing there, neither is academics, but the combination of the two is outstanding. I also loved the staff. My relationship with Coach Bateman played a big part in my decision. My lacrosse coach went there and loved it. I wanted a challenge. I know West Point won't be easy, but it will be worth it."
Gibson said he was only able to take a brief tour of the campus while there last month for camp, but plans on making a return visit soon. He said the two Army coaches were ecstatic to receive the news.
"They were really excited," he said. "Coach Bateman was especially because he recruited me and really wanted me to go there. I'm excited about the defense they play. It's a fun defense to be in with the pressure they put on teams, they play some zone coverage, and get after the quarterback. It's an aggressive style of defense similar to what we play at Westfield.
"I feel very good about my decision to attend West Point. It's a weight off of my shoulders. I can focus solely on our season. My only worries now are getting my grades up as high as possible and football. I knew I didn't want to wait after I made up my mind. my. I wanted to go to a program that loved me as much as I loved it and I found that with Army. I was ready to make that commitment."
Gibson has started 27 consecutive games at Westfield since his sophomore season. As a junior, Gibson was named first team All-District, second team All-Region, All-State honorable mention, and All-State Underclassmen. His other offers are from Coastal Carolina, Delaware, Elon, Fordham, James Madison, Liberty, Maine, Nevada, Norfolk State, Old Dominion, and William and Mary.
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