Friday, August 26, 2011

Pair of Central Ohio Juniors Draw Interest

Jack Gibbs

Although they are only juniors, Westerville North’s Jack Gibbs and Gahanna Lincoln’s Aaron Jackson have both converted a solid summer of performance into college scholarship offers. While running with Ohio Varsity this summer, both players were key to the team’s surprising success, and college coaches have taken notice. I sat down with both players on Sunday to discuss their current recruiting status.  According to Gibbs, he has actual offers from Ohio, Toledo, Akron, William & Marry and James Madison. In terms of other interest, Gibbs is hearing from VCU, Davidson, Indiana State, Wake Forrest and Cincinnati. Although Gibbs has only had a chance to visit Ohio (2 weeks ago), describing the school as “nice,” he plans visits to VCU and Cincinnati some times in September.  When he makes his final decision, prior to his senior year he says, Gibbs will be focusing on style of play; he prefers up-tempo, and “good coaching.”  When asked about his upcoming high school season, Gibbs was optimistic, stating, “I think we can win district if we play together and develop good chemistry.”  With the addition of Jaylen Benton (a transfer from Northland) in the backcourt, look for Westerville North to claim a league championship and to make a deep run in the district tournament.

Aaron Jackson

Gahanna’s Aaron Jackson also parlayed a big summer into interest, as he lists offers from Ohio, Akron and Toledo, with interest from VCU, Miami (OH), Bowling Green and Dayton.  Although he is yet to make any visits, Jackson intends to visit VCU  as soon as his schedule allows. When he makes his decision next summer, Jackson will be looking for a school that can provide him with a good education, has a sports management program, and is located within a 6-10 hour drive.  Jackson is optimistic about this upcoming prep season, and sees a possible district championship in his future depending on Gahanna’s post play.  In terms of the OCC Capital division, Jackson believes Pickerington Central and Newark will also be contenders. Good luck to Gibbs and Jackson as they prepare for their junior seasons.  Buckeye Prep will keep an eye on both players and provide updates on their recruiting.

1 comment:

  1. Aaron Jackson also has a offer from Akron