LARAMIE — The latest verbal commitment for the University of Wyoming football program came from a place that’s been kind to the Cowboys on the recruiting trail — California.
Easton Gibbs, a 6-foot-1, 190-pounder from Temecula Valley High in Temecula, California, committed to UW late Thursday night. UW has 28 players from California on its 2018 roster, the most of any state. Colorado is second with 24, followed by 22 from Wyoming.
Gibbs has played outside linebacker and strong safety in high school, but UW projects him to play linebacker.
Gibbs visited UW in late July.
“My biggest factor in choosing Wyoming was the coaching staff, and my fit in the program,” Gibbs said Friday. “It felt like home. The tradition and feel of the campus really drew me in.
“I had no time frame on my commitment, and wasn’t focused on committing before my senior year. But once I visited Wyoming, I knew it was the place for me. One big thing on my visit was how welcoming the people in the community were. They made me feel welcome and at home.”
Last season as a junior, Gibbs recorded 89 tackles, two interceptions, forced two fumbles and had two fumble recoveries. Gibbs also returned kickoffs.
Gibbs is a two-time team captain, and has above a 3.5 grade-point average.
Gibbs received a three-star rating out of five by 247sports.com as a safety, and rivals.com rates him as a two-star prospect as an athlete. Gibbs said he had scholarship offers from Utah State and UC Davis. He also said he had talked with all 12 Mountain West schools.
Gibbs plans to sign with UW during the early signing period in December.
Gibbs is the second known verbal commitment for UW’s 2019 recruiting class. The first was H-back Parker Christensen (6-2, 205) from Sheridan.
For more on Gibbs and Christensen, and other players UW is targeting for its 2019 recruiting class, click on the 2019 UW football recruiting tracker at wyosports.net.
Robert Gagliardi is the WyoSports senior editor. He can be reached at email@example.com or 307-755-3325. Follow him on Twitter at @rpgagliardi.