Jeff Davis defensive back Zyon Gilbert, memories still fresh of all the interceptions he almost had last season, latched on to something else recently.
The rising junior picked up his first Division I offer when he attended a University of South Alabama camp in late June.
“I was doing drills and they were liking what I was doing,” Gilbert said. “When we finished, the coach said, ‘Let’s go see your coach.’ We walked over and he said they were going to offer me on the spot.”
USA defensive coordinator Travis Pearson made the offer to Gilbert, Gilbert and JD coach Lee Carter said. (Pearson is a former JD coach.)
Gilbert, who is 6-foot-0 and 165 pounds, made two interceptions last season, but said he should have had more.
“If I had caught all the ones that went through my hands, I would have led the state in picks,” he said. “I’ve been working on that this summer.”
Gilbert is “a freakish athlete,” Carter said, and was a three-event star for JD’s track and field team this spring. Gilbert said he wants to field more offers.
“I hope this is the first of many,” he said.