Profile: Kyle Gibson
Position: Defensive Back
Location: Seffner (Fla.) Armwood
Recruiting: Gibson committed to Vanderbilt over Louisville, South Florida, Florida State, Miami and several other programs.
What to like: There’s a lot to like about Gibson. First, he has versatility and can play anywhere in the secondary. Next, he’s a defensive back that can really bring the wood. Don’t let his size fool you. This kid is fearless and a big hitter, whether it’s in run support or in defending the pass.
As a safety he displays good instincts. He can diagnosis a play quickly and shows quick reaction skills. While he lacks great overall speed he shows that he’s fast and quick within a short range.
Gibson has good, overall cover skills. He’s better in zone than man-to-man. Gibson is physical and plays the ball very well in the air. He shows a quick break and can close on ball. If ball beats him to receiver Gibson will deliver a big hit.
What may be of concern: Some feel he can be a cornerback in college but Gibson lacks top end speed. He ran 4.65 [forty] at the Opening. That’s not exactly a whopping time for an SEC corner. He also posted a 4.27 short shuttle and a 33-inch vertical jump. Those are not bad numbers. As a safety he needs to certainly bull up and add weight, which will come with time and physical maturity.
While you have to like his ability to play anywhere in the defensive backfield Gibson is best suited to play free safety. He’s certainly physical enough to play closer to the line of scrimmage as a strong safety. Gibson could also play cornerback in the right coverages, especially in zone.
He’s overall, a well-rounded defensive back that will get bigger. He needs to continue to work on getting bigger, stronger and faster, as all kids do at this stage of their careers. Gibson is far from tapping out.
Vandy is getting a very good prospect. Gibson recorded 53 tackles, two interceptions and two pass breakups in 2012.