Kyle Gibson Commits to Vanderbilt: 4-Star DB Spurns Notre Dame, Miami and More

Andrew Kulha@@AKonSportsSenior Analyst IIIAugust 2, 2013

Via 247Sports
Via 247Sports

Vanderbilt and head coach James Franklin landed a big commitment on Thursday in 4-star safety Kyle Gibson.

Gibson is from Armwood High School in Seffner, Fla., and chose the Commodores over the likes of Notre Dame, Miami, Louisville and USF, according to a report from Chris Hays of the Orlando Sentinel

Hays also reports that Gibson notched four picks and 74 tackles last season for his high school team, which is nice production for a safety.

From those numbers alone, one can deduce that Gibson can both cover the field and get involved in the running game. Hopefully those tackles occurred in the box, more often than not. 

Gibson is the No. 22 safety in the nation and the No. 38 player from Florida, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He's 6'0'', 170 pounds and runs a 4.65 40-yard dash, per 247Sports.

He's a big commitment for Vanderbilt for a variety of reasons.

With his addition, the Commodores' 2014 class boasts an impressive 18 commitments. Gibson joins pro-style quarterback recruit K.J. Carta-Samuels as the second 4-star commitment, according to the 247Sports composite. Per 247Sports' exclusive rankings, though, Vanderbilt now has six 4-star recruits. 

Perhaps even more impressive is that Franklin and his staff were able to land Gibson over programs like Miami, Notre Dame and Louisville.

Miami has been hot this cycle and would offer Gibson the chance to stay in state. Louisville is another up and coming program that has been great on the recruiting trail, while Notre Dame's draw is self explanatory.

It's definitely worth noting the competition for Gibson's commitment.  

Coach Franklin has done a fantastic job building a certain brand and hype around Vanderbilt football, and commitments like this solidify and affirm the work that he and his staff are doing.

Vanderbilt's class checks in at No. 19, according to the 247Sports team rankings.


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