Film Study: Notre Dame OL commit Dillan Gibbons

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

OL Dillan Gibbons, 6-5, 294; St. Petersburg (Fla.) Northside Christian.

The numbers: Gibbons helped clear the way for a run-heavy offense that scored 30.8 points per game in his sophomore season at Northside Christian. The Mustangs (8-3) rushed for 2,015 yards and 31 touchdowns, and also accumulated 1,244 yards passing.

The rankings: Not yet ranked by Rivals and 247Sports.


First impression: Gibbons is a powerful offensive tackle with advanced strength for a sophomore. He shows consistent determination in wanting to put his man on the ground. Gibbons helps set a tone on the offensive line with his physicality.

Strengths: The physical prowess of Gibbons immediately jumps off the screen. He overpowers defenders and wins at the point of attack to help clear running lanes. Gibbons keeps his feet moving to move defensive linemen and finishes blocks well. He works with a good base that balances his upper body and lower body strength. When working to the second level, Gibbons does a good job of squaring off linebackers to create creases in the defense.

He did what? (:17) Gibbons drops back to pass block the defensive end in front of him. He gets back quickly to cut off the speed rush and impede the path to the quarterback. When the defensive end hesitates and slips, Gibbons reacts instantly to take him to the ground for a rare pancake block in pass protection … (:48) Gibbons drives his man five yards down the field and shoves him to the ground. He knocks down another defender a second later … (2:55) Gibbons shows a good understanding of working off double-team blocks to a linebacker. He works with his guard to drive a defensive lineman and then slides off to take on a linebacker.

Competition level: Gibbons plays in one of the smaller classifications in Florida. Northside Christian lost in the first round of the Class 2A playoffs. The regular season schedule was filled with similarly small private schools with mostly limited talent. Gibbons looked to be clearly bigger and stronger than most of the defensive linemen he faced all season.

Left to prove: As with most young offensive linemen, Gibbons could use some work on pass blocking. At times in his highlights, he’s essentially run blocking on pass plays. When faced with talented defensive ends, Gibbons will need to be quick and balanced and won’t be able to overpower his defender like he does on most plays. Gibbons is so determined to get a defender on the ground, that at times he eliminates himself from helping the play farther down the field. When knocking over a lineman, he could find someone else to block rather than diving on the player on the ground. If watched closely, Gibbons often gives away whether the play is going to be a pass or a run based on his stance. | 574-235-6214 | Twitter: @TJamesNDI

Dillan Gibbons, here posing in the Notre Dame football locker room, was Notre Dame's first verbal commit in the 2017 class. (Photo provided.)