Gerald Wilbon had other aspirations growing up.
“I always thought I would be a professional basketball player,” Wilbon said. “That’s what I played mostly. But eventually, I just naturally started liking football and made the switch.”
Wilbon is now a rising senior defensive lineman for Destrehan who plans to play collegiately at the University of Texas.
The 6-foot-3, 310 pound Wilbon committed to the Longhorns on Wednesday, choosing Texas over Texas Tech. He made his decision shortly after talking on the phone with Texas coach Charlie Strong.
“I just liked the way they treated me, and I like the way it felt when I visited the campus, said Wilbon, who visited the campus in Austin last week. “I really like the program and Coach Strong just made me feel comfortable. “He just reassured how I felt about Texas and told me great things about the program. I asked him about my plans after college, and he said they would make sure I get where I need to be.”
Wilbon also had scholarship offers from Tulane, Louisiana-Lafayette, Arizona, Arizona State, Southern Miss, Arkansas State, Kent State, Western Kentucky and UCF.
He is rated a three-star recruit by 247Sports.
The recruiting service also ranks him as the nation’s No. 70 defensive tackle and No. 64 overall prospect in the state of Louisiana.
Wilbon can play on both sides of the ball.
He played on the offensive line as a sophomore and on the defensive line as a junior when the Wildcats reached the Class 5A state championship game. This season, he will play mostly on the defensive line but will also play on the offensive line in certain packages.
And at Texas?
“They said they will start me off on the D-line, and if that doesn’t work out I could play some O-line,” Wilbon said. “I really can’t choose which one I like the best because I like both and I have fun playing both.”
Wilbon is the sixth player to commit to Texas’ Class of 2016.
He is the second Destrehan player to make a verbal commitment. Fellow Destrehan defensive lineman Glen Logan, a four-star recruit, committed to LSU in early June.
Verbal commitments are non-binding. The first day a recruit for the class of 2016 can sign a national letter of intent is Feb. 3, national signing day.