Richard Gipson a versatile LB

Richard Gipson (Tyler, Texas/John Tyler) is one of the rising stars of East Texas, and his play has helped John Tyler emerge not only as one of the state’s top-ranked teams but also a favorite to make a run for a Texas Class 4A state championship.

Gipson, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound linebacker, has recorded 58 tackles, 2 forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and a sack for John Tyler. He plays middle linebacker for the Lions, but his natural position in college could be outside linebacker.

“I see myself more on the outside,” Gipson said. “I play Mike [middle linebacker] in high school, but it’s because I’m needed there. When I get to college, I’d like to move to the outside.”

Gipson, who has run a 4.72-second 40-yard dash, said playing middle linebacker has been beneficial in his efforts to be more versatile.

“Being in the middle,” he said, “I’ve learned that is real important to the read the guards and tackles. That’s the main thing.”

Gipson helped John Tyler advance to the Class 4A Division I state semifinals last season, and he’s looking to get his team a state title this year. Recruiting wise, Gipson is still looking to land his first offer, but he has interest from North Texas and Northwestern State.

“I just want to be on the field,” Gipson said. “I’m working each practice each day to show that I can play at the next level.”