- Damon Sayles, RecruitingNation
New Mexico picked up its seventh commitment of the 2013 recruiting class, as running back Teriyon Gipson (Dallas/Kimball) gave the Lobos his verbal pledge Wednesday morning.
A 5-foot-9, 170-pound running back, Gipson chose New Mexico over an offer from Colorado State. Gipson, from an FBS football perspective, will continue the legacy his brothers have started. Older brothers Marcell and Tayshaun Gipson were cornerbacks at Wyoming this past season.
Gipson took an official visit to Albuquerque, N.M., over the weekend and said the visit helped to win him over. He was recruited to New Mexico by offensive line coach Jason Lenzmeier.
“It was the coaches there, man,” Gipson said. “I fell in love with [running backs] Coach [DeAndre] Smith, and I really like Coach [Bob] Davie and Coach Lenzmeier a lot.
“I think it’s a good fit for me. I know a lot of the players are from where I’m from, and I loved the facilities. Mostly, I like that they run the ball a lot.”
Gipson finished his senior season rushing for 1,720 yards and 21 touchdowns. He also caught 17 passes for 246 yards and two touchdowns for Kimball, which finished 9-3 and advanced two rounds deep in the Texas Class 4A Division I playoffs.
Gipson said he was leaning toward choosing Colorado State before his official visit. He said he took some advice of his oldest brother, which ultimately led to his decision.
“My brother Marcell told me to go on the visit. I wasn’t going to go at first,” Gipson said. “I’m glad I did.”
Gipson, who has been clocked in the 40-yard dash at 4.47 seconds, said freshman athlete Carlos Wiggins was his player host at New Mexico. Gipson only had the New Mexico and Colorado State offers, but he had strong looks from Arizona State, Louisiana-Monroe, North Texas, Texas Tech and Washington State.