NEW ORLEANS -- Things are all good on the recruiting front for the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs and possibly only going to get better now that they have locked up Head Coach Sonny Dykes with a contract extension.
Just ask Stephen Gibson.
The 6-4, 240-pound defensive end out of Shaw High School is a three-star prospect according to the latest Rivals.com rankings. The 27th-best overall player in the State of Louisiana according to those same rankings, Gibson chose the Bulldogs over offers from multiple other schools including Colorado, Kansas, Kansas State, North Carolina and Pittsburgh.
"I'm very excited that Coach Dykes decided to stay at Louisiana Tech," Gibson said. "I was reading a lot of articles on espn.com and really started to get worried, but after watching the bowl game and finding out that he (Dykes) is coming back I am very excited to be a Bulldog and cannot wait to get up to Ruston to get to work. I want to help this program continue to contend and hopefully win some more Western Athletic Conference Championships.
"I thought we played really good in the bowl game and it just got away from us in the end, but I just had the feeling if that game would have been played three times we would have won two-out-of-three times. You just had that feeling. That just tells me that we are going to have to just work even harder next year so we can get that bowl victory."
While he did not come out and say that it was a deal-breaker in terms of his commitment if Dykes would have taken the Houston job, Gibson admitted that he would have had a lot more to think about when it came to his collegiate choice.
"I don't know really man," Gibson said. "If Coach Dykes would have left I would have had to wait and see who they would have hired and what the next steps the University itself would have taken when it comes to their football program. Saying all of that I am now glad that I don't have to even think about that. Coach Dykes is in Ruston for quite a long time and I look forward to coming up there and playing for him."
With the new coaching staff at Ole Miss trying to make a late push for Gibson, the Shaw defensive end said he is firm in his commitment to the Bulldogs and is also excited about making his first visit to the campus when he takes his official visit in early January.
"No other visits to any other places," Gibson said. "I'm not taking any other visits to any other places. The first weekend of January will be when I take my visit to Ruston. To be honest with you, I'm pretty pumped about it. This will be my first visit to the campus. I want to see stuff like the facilities athletically-wise as well as the student housing and just how life is on campus for the student-athletes. I just want to see how life is going to be once I get on campus. I know it is going to be really cool; I just want to see with my own eyes you know? How is it going to be for me to be a Louisiana Tech football player?"
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