November 12, 2009

Mississippi's leading tackler visiting MSU

Terry, Miss., linebacker Keith Gibson is still awaiting his first scholarship offer.

But if you ask one of the opponents that faced the 5-foot-10, 210-pounder this season and they would likely concur that he is one of the top defensive players around. Gibson led the entire state with 152 tackles including 99 solo stops averaging an astounding 19 tackles per game.

The Bulldogs wrapped up the season this past Friday with a 54-12 loss to Meridian to finish 5-6 on the season.

"I feel pretty good about the season," Gibson said. "I did what I could to contribute to the team. It was good for me in my last year to be able to play with my teammates that I played with from ninth-grade up until now. It was a good season and we were in it together."

Gibson has recorded 285 tackles over the past two seasons including a 22-tackle performance and a sack against Oak Grove and a 20-yard fumble return for a touchdown against Hattiesburg this year.

Despite his lofty statistics, Gibson has only received interest from a handful of smaller schools such as Arkansas State, Southeastern Louisiana and Northwestern State.

"I haven't gotten any offers or anything," Gibson said. "I'm pretty sure that somebody is looking at me because of my stats and everything. My coach gave me some things from some schools that are interested in me like Arkansas State, Southeastern Louisiana and Northwestern State. The only one I have talked to is the head coach at Northwestern State over the summer."

One school that Gibson himself has interest in is Mississippi State. The Bulldogs have signed several players out of Terry in recent years such as current running back Anthony Dixon and his younger brother Rashun Dixon, who opted to play pro baseball.

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