He is 6’8” and 320 pounds and blocks defensive linemen with ox-like strength. The biggest kid in the school, junior offensive lineman Dan Gibbs is a 16 year old boy in a man’s body.Gibbs is being recruited by a number of the top Division I universities including Michigan, Wisconsin, and Alabama.
Gibbs credits his success to the countless hours he spends weight lifting and conditioning in the off season. His weekly regimen consists of heavy squat/dead-lift on Mondays, speed bench on Tuesdays, speed squat on Wednesdays, and heavy bench on Thursdays. He fills the rest of the week with conditioning and agility workouts.
“It’s always nice to have something you do pay off,” Gibbs said.
Not only has he had success in football but in weight lifting as well. On March 13th, 2010 Gibbs attended the APF (American Powerlifting Federation) Michigan state powerlifting meet. He got first place with a score of 1162, a combination of squat (402 lbs), bench (259 lbs), and Dead lift (501 lbs).
Gibbs says he is leaning towards the Maize and Blue of Michigan.
“At this point I’m most interested in the University of Michigan,” said Gibbs, “closely followed by Wisconsin.”
Michigan was the first school to contact Gibbs. In May of 2009 he received the first of many recruitment letters from Michigan. Upon receiving their letters, he decided to attend some of their summer camps.
“I've been a Michigan fan all my life,” Gibbs said. “When I went to their camp over the summer I really liked the coaching staff and facilities.”
Gibbs has already talked with the people who would coach him if he chooses the University of Michigan.
“In person I’ve spoken with the head coach [Rich Rodriguez] and the head lines coach [Greg Frey] of Michigan,” said Gibbs.
His teammates and coaches have told Gibbs that he could play in college since he was a freshman, but it wasn’t until he received the first letter that he believed that it was going to be a reality.
“[Gibbs] is an absolute monster and destroys whatever’s in his path,” senior center Charley Doherty said.
Many of his teammates marvel at his superior size, skill, and strength. He pancakes defenders like he owns his own IHOP.
“Playing with Dan is a great experience,” senior tackle Sam Anderson said. “He’s bigger and smarter and stronger than everyone he blocks.”
Gibbs has always been bigger than his peers, even when he began playing football for the Royal Oak Chiefs when he was nine. However, instead of playing with his nine year old friends he was bumped up to the 13-14 year old age division, due to his massive size.
It has taken a lot to maintain his size with the amount of calories he burns daily from football and weight lifting. Gibbs eats any where between 8,000-10,000 calories a day, the same amount as Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps. According to medical news today that would provide enough energy for five grown men.
Gibbs is also a very coachable player according to head varsity coach Chris Fahr.
“He’s very attentive and intelligent,” Fahr said. “He’s everything you would want in a football player and a person.”
Gibbs already has plenty of size for the NFL – the average line for the Super Bowl winning New Orleans Saints is 6’4” 321.8 pounds – his top three choices all present him with a good opportunity to play in the NFL.
Michigan currently has 31 active players in the NFL, Alabama has 26, and Wisconsin has 19.
“Dan Gibbs will be successful in anything he chooses to do,” Fahr said, “whether it’s football, whether it’s anything.”
Gibbs knows football might not always be there for him with the risk of injury that every player faces, so he plans on majoring in pre-med or biology in order to pursue a possible career in sports medicine or orthopedic surgery.
This season his only focus is winning.
“I want to help my team to victory,” Gibbs said
As for his overall football career, his goals are fairly simple.
“I want to be the best that I can be,” Gibbs said. “I want to contribute to a D1 college football program as well.”