April 11, 2012

Cass Tech DT on the Spartan radar

One of the top performers this past weekend at the Adidas Maximum Exposure Combine was defensive tackle Kenton Gibbs of Detroit Cass Tech High School. SpartanMag.com caught up with the 3-star recruit and got some details on his recruitment.

Gibbs, who is ranked the #30 defensive tackle in the nation by rivals.com, had a strong performance at the Maximum Exposure Combine. Rivals.com Midwest Analsyt Josh Helmholdt had the following to say:

"This was the best single performance we have seen from Gibbs in more than a half dozen times seeing him. The 6-3, 285-pound defensive tackle was quick and powerful in the one-on-ones and played with more discipline than we had seen from him in the past. He found it easy going in the one-on-ones, handing offensive lineman after offensive lineman defeats. Gibbs has always had the potential, and he now appears closer to realizing it."

SpartanMag.com spoke with Gibbs afterwards and got some details on his recruitment.

"I currently have offers from Eastern Michigan, Central Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Toledo and Northern Illinois," he said. "I am also hearing from both Michigan and Michigan State."

What are you thoughts on the Spartan program and who is your primary recruiter from Michigan State?

"Coach Samuel is my recruiter from there and I like State. As long as Coach (Ted) Gill continues to make 1st round defensive tackles they will be a place I am interested in."

Michigan State only signed 1 defensve tackle for the class of 2012 and they will graduate 2 senior starters in Anthony Rashad-White and Tyler Hoover. For that reason, it is important for the Spartans to sign at least 1 high-level tackle for the class, and Gibbs is getting a serious look.

We asked Gibbs about his summer plans and what type of feedback he has been getting from colleg coaches.

"I know I will be camping at both Michigan and Michigan State," Gibbs stated. "The coaches have said they like my hand speed, my tenacity and my football I.Q."

In addition the the Spartan Camp, Gibbs also intends on participating at the Sound Mind-Sound Body Camp that will be held in early June. The Michigan State staff was at the camp last year and it was where Jamal Lyles sealed his offer from Head Coach Mark Dantonio. It is possible that Gibbs could do the same if the staff is allowed to attend the camp again this year. (Note: The NCAA has numerous rules about when and where coaches can and cannot evaluate recruits.)

SpartanMag.com will be on hand at both the Sound Mind-Sound Body and Michigan State Elite Player Camp. We will be sure to keep an eye out for Gibbs and follow-up with him afterwards. Cass Tech is loaded with talent for the class of 2013 and it is very possible that some of the talent there could end up wearing the same color uniform at the next level and continue competing for championships.

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