Vanderbilt secured one of its most coveted targets for the 2014 recruiting period on Thursday as Rivals250 DB Kyle Gibson pledged to Commodores head coach James Franklin shortly after the program's first fall practice.
A long-time target of the Commodores, the 6-foot, 180-pound Armwood High (Fla.) standout is currently on a unofficial visit to the school with members of his family. It is his third visit to Nashville since the spring.
Ranked as the nation's No. 196 overall prospect and 13th among corners, he signals the highest rated defensive back prospect to commit to the Commodores during the Rivals.com era.
Gibson posted 74 tackles with four picks and several pass breakups as a junior last fall and is considered a versatile defensive back that could play both safety and zone corner on the next level.
The four-star chose Vanderbilt over several programs including Florida State, Louisville, Miami, Michigan State, Notre Dame, South Florida, UCLA and Wisconsin.
His decision gives Vanderbilt 18 verbal commitments for the 2014 period and he is the third member of the Rivals250 to pledge to VU, joining Elite 11 quarterback K.J. Carta-Samuels and Chicago running back prospect Mikale Wilbon.
VandySports.com plans to have more on Gibson's decision once his trip to Nashville is complete.