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RB says commitment likely on visit
Arkansas assistant coach Reggie Mitchell speaks to his players Tuesday, March 29, 2016, during practice at the university's practice field on campus in Fayetteville.
Arkansas Razorbacks Coach Bret Bielema and his staff are expected to host running back Jeremy Gibson for a visit next week.
The Hogs extended a scholarship offer to Gibson, 5-11, 200 pounds, of Reserve (La.) Riverside Academy, early in the process. He also has scholarship offers from Arizona State, Missouri, Colorado State, Texas Tech, Utah, Purdue and several others.
His relationship with Arkansas receivers coach Michael Smith and running backs coach Reggie Mitchell has the Razorbacks at the top of his list.
"I'm coming up there June 2 with my mom and aunt," Gibson said. "I like Arkansas because I feel like I have a special bond with the coaches and being in the SEC, and it's my first SEC offer."
He said he relates well with Smith and Mitchell.
"They're cool people," Gibson said. "I can have a regular conversation and talk about life with them. I feel like if I go up there, I'll become a better man."
Gibson rushed 204 times for 1,319 yards and 20 touchdowns and had 16 receptions for 225 yards and 1 touchdown as a junior.
He said he believes Smith and Mitchell can fill an important role in his life.
"Growing up without a father figure was hard for me," Gibson said. "I grew up with a single mom and my grandmother and my aunt watching over me, and I really didn't have a father figure. So I want to be the best man I can be for my family in the future and to my wife later on in life."
Gibson said there's a good chance he leaves Fayetteville as a Razorback.
"That's probably going to be the plan, if I really like it and I feel like it's home," he said. "I'll probably commit on the spot."
He and University of Arkansas, Fayetteville sophomore linebacker De'Jon Harris competed against one another in high school. Harris has spoken well of his experience as a Razorback.
"He was telling me it's nice and all that," Gibson said. "He told me it's nothing like home, but when you get up there you'll like it."
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