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February 6, 2013

Letter of intent No. 23: Kenton Gibbs



Kenton Gibbs
Defensive tackle
Detroit Cass Tech
6-foot-2, 290 pounds

Stats: Had 51 tackles (39 solo), including 11.5 sacks, and a pair of fumble recoveries as a senior … Had 15 sacks as a junior and 16 as a sophomore.

Ratings: Ranked as a three-star player, the No. 42 defensive tackle in the nation and No. 15 prospect from Michigan by Rivals.com … Listed as a three-star prospect, the No. 41 defensive tackle nationally and the No. 14 recruit from the state by Scout.com … Also rated the No. 14 player in Michigan by National Underclassmen and Detroit News … Ranked the No. 13 prospect in the state by High School Sports Scene … Regarded as a three-star player, the No. 70 defensive tackle in the country and No. 21 recruit from the state by ESPN … Listed as three stars, the No. 61 defensive tackle nationally and No. 16 prospect in Michigan by 24/7 Sports.

Honors/accomplishments: Helped lead Cass Tech to back-to-back Division I state titles, returning a fumble for a touchdown in the championship game his senior season … Picked for the Detroit News All-Metro team.

Recruitment: Gibbs did not get on State's recruiting board until after the coaching change. He had been a verbal commitment for Illinois until this fall. He decommitted and took an official visit to NCSU Jan. 18. At that point, his final four consisted of the Pack, Illinois, Pittsburgh and Michigan State, but the main two were NCSU and Pitt before he picked the Pack.

Recruiter of record: Tight ends coach and special teams coordinator Eddie Faulkner.

2013 projection: NC State returns every defensive tackle of significance on its roster from last season, so there is not a pressing need for Gibbs. Expect him to redshirt this fall unless he proves too good to keep off the field.


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