WVU is now known for it’s air raid offense that continues to put wide receivers in the NFL and this year will see another Mountaineer step up. Shelton Gibson came to WVU as a highly regarded wide receiver prospect as part of their 2013 class but hasn’t seen much field time until this season.
When WVU lost Mario Alford and Kevin White this past season, many fans in Mountaineer Nation weren’t sure who would take over. But according to head coach Dana Holgorsen Shelton Gibson has stepped up and looks to be that guy. Gibson has had a strong offseason and has impressed everyone on the staff to the point that WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen called him the “fastest he has ever coached.” That’s strong praise from a coach that has seen Tavon Austin, Mario Alford, Michael Crabtree, and Justin Blackmon, all of which were NFL draft selections. Gibson’s breakaway speed isn’t the only asset that he provides the Mountaineer offense as he has great hands and ability to make the tough catches.
Gibson came to WVU from Cleveland Heights High where in his senior season he finished with over 700 yards and 11 touchdowns and was named to U.S. Army All American Bowl. Gibson was a listed as the number 11 recruit in the state of Ohio by ESPN and was Rivals number 4 player in Ohio. During his second full season on campus after being redshirted his first season, Gibson recorded 4 receptions for 60 yards but was a key component to the WVU special teams.
Gibson will enter this season with high expectations not only from Mountaineer Nation but also from himself. The pieces of the puzzle have fallen into place for Gibson to become the next great wide receiver at WVU.