Westerville North's Gibbs talks recruiting; many area athletes will play DI baseball

One thing we all missed out on during the boys basketball season this winter was that Westerville North's Jack Gibbs played only three games before going down with a season-ending knee injury.

The 5-foot-10, 170-pound junior guard burst onto the scene as a sophomore and then followed that with a great AAU season before his junior season that helped him gain scholarship offers from Akron, Bowling Green, Davidson, James Madison, Ohio University, Toledo, Virginia Commonwealth and William & Mary.

He told me Thursday night that earlier in the day he had walked on a treadmill for one mile as part of his rehab. He's also spending time working on his shooting.

When he returns later this summer, he again should be on a team with Reynoldsburg's Wendell Davis, Gahanna's Aaron Jackson and Brookhaven's Randal Clarkson that finished third at AAU Nationals last summer.

"I should be back by June or July," Gibbs said. "I'm trying to turn this into a positive."

Gibbs made second-team all-district in DIvision I and was first-team all-OCC-Cardinal Division as a sophomore when he averaged 18.1 points, 4.5 assists and 3.7 steals. The Warriors lost in a district semifinal in 2011 as well as this year.

Considering Gibbs will get most of his remaining exposure before college recruiters late in the AAU season, don't be surprised if he doesn't officially make his college choice until the middle of the fall.

*A strong group of central Ohio baseball players have committed to Ohio State from the 2012 recruiting class.

Delaware's Jacob Bosiokivic, who is ranked No. 5 in the state in his class according to Prepbaseballreport.com, is a 6-6, 210-pounder who verballed to the Buckeyes as a high school sophomore. He' s projected to be a pitcher or third baseman in college.

Also bound for Ohio State from the area are Columbus Academy's Zach Ratcliff (1B), Newark Catholic's Jimmy Lough (P), Watterson's Jacob Brobst (OF) and Upper Arlington's Michael Koltak (P).

Koltak will face future OSU teammate Logan Bowles from Canton South during a doubleheader March 31 in OSU's Bill Davis Stadium.

Other commits from central Ohio to Division I programs include Pickerington Central's Nick Jensen-Clagg (Kent State) and Evan Jensen (Akron), Reynoldsburg's Jeff Murray (Cincinnati), Olentangy's Woody Wallace (Cincinnati), Dublin Jerome's Aaron Huesman (Dayton), Gahanna's Cole Griesinger (Ball State) and Pickerington North's Cale Giddings (Akron).

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By: Jarrod Ulrey

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