Orlando Sentinel

WR Gibson loves Swamp’s atmosphere

- By Chris Hays

As West Orange 2022 receiver Jayden Gibson sat with his mother and younger brother in the Swamp on Saturday, he was fully impressed by the atmosphere.

“They got a first down and I could not even hear myself talk,” said Gibson, the No. 3-ranked player in the Sentinel’s 2022 Central Florida Super60. “It’s new, too. I’ve never seen it like this. There’s a whole lot of people here.”

Gibson will be announcing his college choice Oct. 13, and the vibe during the Gators’ game against No. 1-ranked Alabama could be significan­t in his decision-making process.

“It’s great. I love it. This place is rocking,” Gibson said at halftime. “I’ve been here so many times that there isn’t anything about the school that I don’t already know at this point.

“We’re just here to enjoy the atmosphere on game day and all that kind of stuff. You get to see how the crowd gets electric and everything.”

The 6-foot-5, 190-pound Gibson emerged on the scene quickly after not having much recruiting attention after his junior season. Following his showing at the Pylon Orlando 7 on 7 Tournament and earning an invite to the Under Armour All-American Game, however, he was no longer a secret.

Now Gibson has 38 Football Bowl Subdivisio­n scholarshi­p offers, a list which he has whittled down to 8 leading up to his announceme­nt in a few weeks. By then he will likely cut the list to four.

Florida is right in the mix, as well as FSU, South Carolina, Georgia, Auburn, Tennessee, Baylor and Miami in no particular order.

He said recently he has a pretty good idea who he will be choosing, but he intends to keep the news under wraps.

When asked Saturday if he could see himself playing at the Swamp, Gibson said:

“Definitely. I’m a skill player and I can make plays and making big plays on this field, I can definitely see myself out there. I know with the class they’re trying to put together [for 2022] that there are going to be a lot of playmakers. It would be cool to be a part of that.”

Gibson is averaging 20 yards per catch this season. In four games, he has 11 receptions for 221 yards and four touchdowns. Last season, Gibson caught 32 balls for 774 yards (24 yards per catch) and nine touchdowns.

The Gators already have a pair of Orlando-area commitment­s to the 2022 class with Winter Park running back Terrance Gibbs, who also was in attendance Saturday, and Bishop Moore receiver C.J. Smith.

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