DeAngelo Gibbs has been to Athens so many times.
The number is probably close to 30 total trips for the state’s top uncommitted prospect for 2017. The Gibbs number might be somewhere around 15 trips to Athens just since Kirby Smart was hired as head coach.
Well, there’s a plus-one set for that tally this weekend. Gibbs told DawgNation on Tuesday he will take another unofficial visit this weekend for the Auburn game.
The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder drew his first offers when he was in middle school. The senior safety for top-ranked Grayson is regarded as the nation’s No. 44 overall prospect this year.
He’s been pegged as DawgNation’s No. 2 most vital remaining recruit for several months. The 4-star prospect is also rated as the nation’s No. 3 safety for his signing class.
Gibbs — the nephew of two uncles with 26 years of NFL experience — hails from an athletic family. His mother, Karen Gibbs, is an assistant principal at Liberty Middle in Covington. That’s part of the reason why Gibbs carries a healthy GPA.
His mother was named to Miles College (Birmingham, Ala.) Hall of Fame. She set a school record by scoring 49 points in a single game. His father Deon Gibbs also played college basketball.
DeAngelo has two older sisters who both played college basketball. One of those graduated from USC in three years and has since transferred to Pitt.
There’s a big measuring stick or achievement in his family.
“They set the standard for me,” Gibbs said last year. “My sister graduated from college in three years. That’s the expectation for me as a student-athlete. Not the football stuff. That’s the standard for me to follow on a college campus. If she can do it, then I can do it. My whole family kind of is expected to be an athlete, but also be able to handle that classroom.”
Gibbs won’t be the only big visitor already confirmed for the UGA-Auburn game this weekend.
The list will probably be quite lengthy by Friday but look for Gibbs and these two guys to headline every listing that comes out across the various media platforms.
— 5-star QB Trevor Lawrence will be on hand: The nation’s No. 1 prospect for 2018 visited LSU last week and also took another unofficial trek to Clemson for the Louisville game earlier this year. This will be the first UGA game Lawrence has attended this year.
Every game visit will be key as the race still appears to be between Clemson and Georgia. It just seems like the 6-foot-6 junior is going to take a lot longer to flesh out his decision after initially hoping to make a non-binding verbal commitment prior to his junior season.
— 5-star senior OL Walker Little will also take his official visit to UGA this weekend: The 6-foot-8, 303-pounder is rated as the nation’s No. 19 overall prospect and No. 4 recruit at offensive tackle for 2017. There’s no denying that Little could very well step in immediately and contend for a starting position but the chances are not great with this visit.
This will be his second official visit. He’s already been to FSU and plans subsequent December trips to Texas and Ole Miss and then finally to 247Sports Crystal Ball leader Stanford in January.
Little has other clear contenders like Stanford and Texas in mind and this trip will have to go great for Georgia to get in the conversation with those programs, much less surpass those choices.
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