Reilly Gibbons, the 4-star offensive tackle, has reportedly committed to Miami.
For Al Golden and the Hurricanes, Gibbons' commitment is another big-time recruiting win. Miami has been on fire in regards to the recruiting trail as of late, and Gibbons is the latest proverbial domino to fall in its favor.
Momentum and hype are everything in recruiting, and Miami is riding a strong wave of both.
Corey Dowlar of ESPN.com reports on Gibons' commitment:
First it was Kc McDermott (Wellington, Fla./Palm Beach Central) picking the Hurricanes over Notre Dame last Tuesday. And Reilly Gibbons (St. Petersburg, Fla./St. Petersburg Catholic), also an ESPN Watch List offensive tackle, doubled the Hurricanes' tally on Monday afternoon, his father confirmed.
Gibbons said Miami considers him to be a left tackle prospect.
Why is it important to note that Gibbons is being recruited as a left tackle by Miami?
He's ranked as the No. 28 offensive tackle in the 2014 class according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, but he's also listed as being able to play tight end according to 247Sports.
And at 6'6'', 278 pounds, he would be a huge tight end. But he definitely moves like a player that could be an effective tight end in college.
As a left tackle, this is going to give him a big advantage.
When you watch Gibbons' highlights it's pretty easy to see that he has great agility, footwork and quickness for a tackle.
He'll be able to get moving and be a lead blocker on pull-plays. His quickness will help him hook defensive ends on outside runs to his side. And he'll also be able to block down with much more efficiency than a bigger, slower offensive tackle.
But it's his agility as a pass blocker that may help him the most.
Most offensive lineman struggle with quicker defensive lineman, and they have to counter that speed by either improving their technique, or imposing their strength.The problem is, there are plenty of counters a defensive lineman can use to combat strength.
Footwork is definitely key, especially for a left tackle. The quicker your footwork is as a tackle, the better you'll be at kicking back, shuffling with the pass rusher and staying between him and your quarterback.
Having a left tackle with great footwork and quickness is a luxury, and that's exactly what Miami will be getting in Gibbons. He has experience running routes and playing in open space, and doing that at a high level takes incredible precision and quickness in regards to footwork.
Miami is getting a player that can move like a tight end, but he also has the strength of a pure offensive tackle.
So the Hurricanes are really getting the best of both worlds.
He'll be a lead blocker because of his quickness and strength, but his agility and footwork will help him stay in front of quicker defensive ends in pass rushing situations at the college level.
Gibbons is Miami's sixth commitment for 2014, and he's also the Hurricanes fourth offensive lineman recruit.
If football is indeed won in the trenches, then Golden and his staff have to be feeling great about the 2014 class so far.
Gibbons projects to be a big part of this class, and he could end up being one of the stars of the group when all is said and done.
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