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Star Receiver Shelton Gibson Picks West Virginia Mountaineers

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The West Virginia Mountaineers picked up a huge verbal commitment today from one of the top prospects on their board.

Wide receiver Shelton Gibson, from Cleveland Heights High School in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, is picking the ‘Neers over a plethora of other schools.  But namely, West Virginia beat out the Ohio State Buckeyes for Gibson’s services.

The Buckeyes have long been considered the heavy favorite for the speedy wideout, and even hosted him on an official visit this weekend, which, by all accounts, went very well.  But his relationship with the Buckeyes staff just didn’t compare to that of the West Virginia staff.

It also didn’t hurt that West Virginia was where his mother wanted him to play, a factor we’re seeing more and more with big name prospects this year.

Gibson, a 6’1” 175lbs lightning rod, has an excellent chance to play early next year for the Mountaineers.  West Virginia is losing two of their top four wide receivers to graduation and another, junior Stedman Bailey, to the NFL Draft.  While Gibson won’t be catching passes from record-setting quarterback Geno Smith, who is also graduating, he’ll still be playing in the same stat-friendly offense provided by head coach Dana Holgorsen.  In other words, Gibson will more than likely be putting up huge numbers no matter who’s throwing him the rock.

Gibson was originally planning on announcing his decision on National Signing Day, but apparently wanted to expedite the process.

It’ll be interesting to watch his progress these next few years in Holgorsen’s offense.