Ryan Gibson visited Virginia for the first time since his offer last week. The 6-foot-3, 270 pound center from Mississippi was already in the Commonwealth for the Nike Football Training Camp and took a time to learn a little bit more about what the Wahoos could offer.
"I toured UVa, and it was very nice. A nice campus, nice coaches- it was a pretty cool place," said the St. Stanislaus standout. "How Thomas Jefferson built it-you can just tell it is a special place."
The No. 12 center in the nation also had a chance to sit down and talk to the UVa offensive line coach, Scott Wachneheim and head coach Mike London.
"They are very enthusiastic about Virginia and they seemed like coaches I would want to play for."
Gibson visited Stanford and Cal prior to his visit to Charlottesville, making it clear that academics will be key in his recruitment. Gibson, who holds a 4.1 GPA at Bay St. Louis (Miss.) St. Stanislaus, was impressed about what Virginia has to offer in that department.
"They pulled out some numbers and they talked about each of the schools and how competitive it is, and what it means when you graduate from there. That is what really stood out to me."
Gibson will continue to take visits once spring football ends. His only set visit is in June, when he will participate in a camp in Stanford. But he does have visits in mind.
"I am going to visit Cal again, and I'm going to visit Northwestern as well."
As point out earlier, academics will be the biggest factor when it comes Gibson's decision. However, he will be looking at other key qualities.
"Do I feel like I fit with the coaching staff," he said. "I want to feel wanted, and they have to be coaches that I want to play for."
One thing that certainly won't affect his decision will be geography. With his family connection with the Navy, Gibson has been used to moving around. Gibson was born in San Diego, but lived in Boca Raton in South Florida, Virginia Beach and now Mississippi.
Although he moved away from the Commonwealth, he still has connections to the state.
"I have two sets of grandparents there: in Springfield in Fairfax (County) and in Norfolk."