A year after landing the No. 1 running back in the country, the Texas Longhorns have officially landed the No. 2 running back in the 2024 class with the signature of Jerrick Gibson on Early Signing Day, the first announced signature of the day.
Texas, and running backs coach Tashard Choice, seemingly zeroed in on Gibson early, prioritizing his recruitment over a few high-level in-state prospects and going all-in with the explosive playmaker. Gibson narrowed his field down to five schools, but took just three official visits during the June window, to the Longhorns, the Miami Hurricanes, the Tennessee Volunteers, and the Georgia Bulldogs. Following his visit to Austin, Gibson made his commitment and became a formative piece of the 2024 class.
The Florida Gators remained a threat throughout, despite not earning an official visit, with Billy Napier and crew pushing late, but Gibson reaffirmed his commitment in December.
The 5’10, 200-pound slasher steps into a running back room that is chock full of talent, stepping into a group that features former No. 1 running back CJ Baxter, speedster Jaydon Blue, and key contributors Savion Red and Tre Wisner. With the uncertainty around Jonathon Brooks’s future in Austin, the running back depth chart could be in flux in 2024 and beyond, but the recruiting efforts of Choice have ensured that there will be plenty of talent even with some defections.
Analysis (by Daniel Seahorn):
Possesses a good muscular build and measures in with good size at 5’11, 200 pounds. Gibson is an explosive athlete, who has reportedly ran a laser timed 4.5 40 and also recorded a vertical just shy of 41 inches (per 247Sports). As a runner, Gibson thrives in a zone run scheme as he likes to be one cut and go to get north and south as quickly as possible. Rarely goes down at first contact and consistently shows the power to run through arm tackles. Shows good vision when the picture is murky and shows to be pretty elusive once he is at the second and third levels in the open field. Possesses good balance and is stubborn to go down even when met with contact behind the LOS. Possesses enough long speed to finish off explosive plays when he breaks into the open field. I have questions about his abilities in pass protection since you don’t much of it on tape from his junior year, but he does show a willingness at times to mix it up with defenders when he doesn’t have the ball in his hands. Would also like see more of him as a pass catcher out of the backfield, though his athleticism leads me to believe he could be capable in this regard. Hasn’t been tasked with a full workload of carries thus far in his career and has often split carries. He will arrive on campus with plenty of tread left on the tire, but will also have to adjust to having a heavier workload at the next level.
Gibson is the third-highest-ranked offensive prospect in the class, behind wide receiver Ryan Wingo and offensive lineman Brandon Baker setting the top of the class. He is joined in the 2024 cycle by Arizona bruiser Christian Clark, ensuring the room stays stocked for years to come.
A consensus four-star prospect, Gibson is the No. 69 player nationally and the No. 2 running back, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.