UGA defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt got to see why Deangelo Gibbs is rated as the state of Georgia’s No. 1 prospect for 2017. Gibbs, who starts both ways for Peachtree Ridge High School, made an acrobatic 30-yard catch at wide receiver during a 31-0 win against previously unbeaten Norcross on Friday night.
Pruitt, who was observing from the Peachtree Ridge sidelines, had to smile after the play. UGA is trying to land Gibbs and his cousin, Peachtree Ridge safety Nigel Warrior.
Gibbs was at UGA last weekend for the Missouri game on an unofficial visit.
“Every time I go there to UGA the message is we need you here and we have got to have you,” Gibbs. said.
That one play showed why he’s a priority for UGA’s signing class for next year. He came away with an unlikely catch. Then he hobbled off the field, got his ankle taped up, and returned.
“I had to play in this game,” Gibbs said. “I didn’t want to let my team down. I injured my ankle a little bit. Nothing really serious. But my adrenaline and something was telling me to just to just get back in there. Get back in there. Let everyone know that you are okay and that you are fine.”
He said the injury was nothing serious. He described it as a twisted ankle.
There’s no denying Gibbs can play. Anyone can see that. But he showed a measure of toughness Friday night returning to play both ways at receiver and cornerback.
He spoke with DawgNation after the game in the video interview above and hit on the following topics:
- How does he feel about Tennessee and Georgia right now?
- When is his next unofficial visit?
- Cornerback or receiver? Which way is he leaning to play in college?
- He named two games that he wants to see over the rest of the year.
- What was the message from UGA on his latest visit for the Missouri game?
Jeff Sentell covers UGA recruiting for AJC.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play Between the Hedges.