Mitchell High School has a number of prospects on their current team and one of them is 2011 running…
Tenn. running back names four early
"I have not received any offers yet," said Artaves Gibson. "I have been receiving interest from Alabama. LSU came by my school last week. Miami, Florida State and Duke are showing interest. A lot of SEC schools are showing interest in me." Gibson was in Tuscaloosa for an unofficial visit for the Alabama-LSU game. "The visit to Alabama went great," he said. "I loved the atmosphere down there. It was a good battle on the field. I saw a lot of really good talent. I saw two teams I could see myself playing for. "Julio Jones lived up to the hype. Mark Ingram was great. The freshman running back Trent Richardson did good. I was impressed with Charles Scott and both defenses. "I talked to coach Nick Saban and my recruiting coach [Curt Cignetti]. I met a lot of the Alabama players after the game as well. Coach Saban shook my hand. I didn't say too much to my recruiting coach. He was really busy getting ready for the game. We talk a lot though." Gibson's teammate, Keiwone Malone, is committed to Alabama in the 2010 class. Gibson is favoring the out-of-state SEC school as well. "Alabama has a great running back school," Gibson said. "Keiwone is going there. I see how much fun he has when he goes down there. They have one of the best backs in the country coming back next year in Mark Ingram. Right now I have them No. 1 on my list." Miami, LSU and Oklahoma are schools Gibson likes as well. Miami: "I am from Florida. I have a lot of family down there. Miami is known for having great players. I felt at home down there when I visited in the summer. It seems like a place I could see myself. It's a football environment." LSU: "They are known for running backs. They have had guys like Charles Scott and [Jacob] Hester. They are always run first. They are always at the top at the end of the year with great backs." Oklahoma: "My favorite player came from there, Adrian Peterson. I have seen the things he has done in the league. It seems like a good place to go to." Tennessee is not listed as a favorite at this point, but Gibson plans to check out the Volunteers at some point this season. "I have taken a couple of visits up there in the past," he said. "They are doing a lot of big things up there. They have had great players in the past. They like to run the ball. It would be nice to play for your home-state school. I have seen they like to play freshmen as well." The 6-foot-1, 220-pound prospect has missed a few games this season due to an injury to his knee. He hopes to return to action this week. "I know I have had over 500 yards this year," Gibson said. "I had a bigger target on my back. A lot of people stacked the box more than teams last year. Hopefully I will go to the doctor this week, and they will give it the OK. Not sure what happened. I just injured my knee. Gibson is recruited to carry the ball and move the chains. He knows his strengths and areas to improve. "I am just being recruited as running back," he said. "I heard maybe safety or linebacker. I believe next year I will play more on defense. "I would say my strengths are just being able to read and seeing the hole in the inside. I am very physical, but I also have speed to take it the long distance. I can lower my shoulder and lower the boom. "I am going to work hard in the weight room during the off season. I know Keiwone will be gone next year. I will have a heavier load to carry. I will work on my feet more and conditioning. I know I want to attend a lot of camps to get my stock up."
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