Golden Bears commit says ‘coaching staff is unbelievable’

Alberta adds an out-of-province commit to their Class of 2018.

When Ryan Gibson, offensive tackle from Holy Cross High School, received an offer from the University of Alberta Golden Bears, he knew it wasn’t something he could simply overlook.

Courtesy of Ryan Gibson.

“The opportunity to attend a top 5 school in Canada, that opportunity doesn’t come around everyday,” Gibson said.

Towering at 6’5, 260lbs, Gibson will be bringing his bulk to the offensive line. He said he committed to Alberta because Head Coach Morris works directly with the offensive line.

“The coaching staff is unbelievable. Being able to work with someone with 14 years of CFL experience and 3 Grey Cups everyday is an excellent opportunity,” Gibson said. “Also, having Coach Wright there as the strength and conditioning coach is another great opportunity to constantly improve on my physical condition.”

Gibson isn’t only there for the football, however. The potential education student was also drawn to the school’s study hall program. “And how the (football) program is very focused on developing players as not only football players, but (into) good students and good community leaders (too),” he added.

A product of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Gibson spent four years with the Holy Cross Crusaders (Saskatoon High School Athletic Association). In 2015 and 2016, he said he was fortunate to win two city championships. His team was also two-time provincial runner-up.

“I would just like to take a minute to thank my coaches at Holy Cross, Coach Fuller, Coach Hundseth, Coach Wist, Coach Czarnota and all the other coaches there for shaping me into the football player and young man I am today,” Gibson said. “I wouldn’t be at this point without the help of them.”

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