Hello: Dan Gibbs

Submitted by dnak438 on February 6th, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Per his Twitter account:

Officially playing football at Michigan next year! Couldn't be happier with my choice.

He's an OT from Seaholm HS in Birmingham, MI: 2 star to Rivals, 3 star to Scout. Scout says he had offers from Ball St and Eastern.

EDIT: DGDestroys informs us that Gibbs will be a preferred walk-on.



February 6th, 2012 at 7:32 PM ^

whoa, hold on there.  i would have loved to go to U of M instead of eastern, but there are certain majors where going to U of M won't make any difference over going to EMU, like theater, classics, art, philosophy, hospitality, ect.  It would be 100% cooler to go to U of M over EMU regardless of major, but it isn't financially responsible to pay for a U of M degree in dance over a free dance degree at EMU.


February 6th, 2012 at 7:37 PM ^

I have zero idea if you are right in terms of dance and art.  But for degrees like BAs in Philosophy (or in my case History), having a UofM diploma will certainly help you get into the grad school of your choosing.  And once you have that graduate degree it looks amazing on a resume - it carried weight in Arizona and before I moved here for my job I had zero connections in this state.  I don't think a BA in History from EMU would have had that same cache with my employer. 


February 6th, 2012 at 8:29 PM ^

i don't care how many professors there are in the classics depatment, if you stop at a bachelor degree you won't find work whether you went to U of M or EMU.  This was all said under the assumption of stopping after you get a bachelor.  obviously U of M is much better in a lot of areas if you want to only get a bachelor, but some like the ones i listed above, it doesn't matter where you go


February 6th, 2012 at 8:50 PM ^

This is crazy talk. A degree of any sort from UM is head and shoulders above any degree you can receive from EMU.

This is not a shot at EMU, it's a fine institution. It's just not UM. And the major really doesn't matter a whole lot for a wide variety of careers.

If you want to work in finance, you're way better off having a History degree from UM than a finance degree from EMU. This is true 95% of the time. 


February 6th, 2012 at 9:20 PM ^

that is complete bullshit and you know it.  if you want to go for a masters in history after U of M and a masters in finance after EMU, then you will have a MUCH easier time getting into a top university for a master in history, you'll really have to shine with the finance degree from EMU to get into a top program.  but to say that a history degree from U of M will get you a finance job easier than a finance degree from EMU is ridiculous. sorry they teach us applicable finance over at EMU instead of the hoity-toity theoretical finance that U of M teaches.


EDIT:  One of the cooks at bagger daves i worked with a while back had a degree from michigan in mechanical engineering.  you can still be a fuck-up with a degree from U of M


February 6th, 2012 at 9:55 PM ^

Thanks, I didn't realize that. I thought that I was learning or something when I was at the University of Michigan. And when I took a job at another AAU university as a professor, which I still hold, I was under the stupid assumption that I was doing more than producing employees, but actually teaching people how to read, write, and think intelligently about the world around them. My fault, I guess.

But even with this sarcasm aside -- my graduate program would take a U of M student. We wouldn't take a student from EMU. This hypothetical student couldn't learn the skills at EMU that we require.


February 6th, 2012 at 11:13 PM ^

seriously, i'm not even mad that i don't go to u of m because who would want to be required to act like a pompous douchebag, but what the fuck are they putting in the kool-aid at orientation that makes you fuckers think you are hot shit?  If a michigan degree was sooooooo good then why are there so many fucking losers with michgan liberal arts degrees working in coffee shops and restaurants around town?    I've met a ton of graduates stuck in this town making 25k a year or less in a job that isn't even remotely related to their degree.  give me a fucking break, sorry if they tell you that because you will go to U of M you will become successful because a shit ton of you won't.  


February 6th, 2012 at 11:21 PM ^

also I didnt know that professors had the authority to decide who is and isnt admitted.  i figured it was based on gmat/gre and gpa, but I'm sure that your superiors would be glad to know that if it is up to you who is admitted that you are blindly looking at the school they got their bachelor from.  any respectable grad program doesnt look at just the school, they look at the student as a whole, standardized test scores, employment, referrals, GPA, ect.  Anyway, your school must be a pretty shitty for you to not even name it.


February 6th, 2012 at 11:28 PM ^

he's at one of these: http://www.aau.edu/about/article.aspx?id=5476 --all in a higher tier than EMU (if you want to throw mud).

anyway, you are operating under a number of false assumptions. professors make admissions decisions for masters & phd programs in the humanities, social sciences, etc. their superiors don't care how they make the admissions decisions because professors are pretty autonomous when it comes to things like this. academic graduate programs could give a shit about your employment history, and only use standardized test scores to rule people out and save themselves the trouble of reading applications from people who can't hack it. it would be possible for someone from EMU to get into a top program in virtually any field, but it would take an extraordinarily unusual student to do it in a lot of disciplines. competition for spots is fierce, and there are a glut of applicants with much, much better pedigrees.


February 6th, 2012 at 11:51 PM ^

well, i'm not sure i'm the one who should be embarrassed.  i thought they had a pretty good finance program at U of M?  obviously they didnt teach you much about rational financial decision making because those companies will pay for their employees to go to grad school if they show promise.  good choice though, dude


February 7th, 2012 at 8:25 AM ^

even better, what useless PhD are you going for that is unrelated to any applicable business skill?  leisure management?  hospitality?  wait, I know, you are getting worked up because I insulted the dance program at U of M.  are you a dancer?  you claimed you are getting paid several times less than you would have been making at one of your make believe companies and yet i'm a dipshit for calling you out on your decision making skills, good one


February 7th, 2012 at 3:46 PM ^

i refuse to believe you can't figure out from my comments what my phd is in.

also, one of the features of your value system that a university--ANY university--should've at least caused you to get some perspective on is the idea that monetary factors are the only things that should go into rational decision making. i'm doing exactly what i want to do, all the time. ever seen that sign at jimmy john's about the fisherman? here's a link. it's like that.


February 7th, 2012 at 7:47 AM ^

I agree with your opponents here, who are almost certainly objectively correct about the differences between Michigan and Eastern, but that's beside the point.

You don't have to agree with people. You don't even have to be nice. But you do have to be civil. This isn't 'Nam. There are rules.


February 6th, 2012 at 11:46 PM ^

also, the highest paid professors at U of M are professors who were also professionals at some point.  not somebody who graduated with a PhD in library sciences like you probably did.  you probably couldnt find a job after graduating so you just decided to go back to school because you didnt have any other choice........just like with a philosophy degree.  or dance.  or theater.  or classics.  but..but..i have a michigan degree, I should be given a job even though I'm a glorified librarian.  fuck off, your parents were probably fucking hippies who told you it was ok to be whatever you wanted or had money and paid for you to go to school for 8 years since you would have to with the degree you chose.  


February 7th, 2012 at 12:03 AM ^

in 2008, philosophy professors at UM made between 67k and 180k in base salary, and some of them have grant money in addition. it's public record. you can look it up here.

anyway, i never tried to find a job after graduating (though, like i said, i was offered one at one of the companies on that list, without even bothering to apply). my parents are businesspeople, not hippies.

but here's the thing you really don't get: i don't sit around wishing people would pay me because i have a michigan degree. people actually do pay me, and in exchange i read, write when i want to, and serve as a GSI every other semester. you probably make more than i do, but i've probably gotten more free international trips to appear at conferences than you have. and i do whatever i want, whenever i want. i'll take the trade.


February 7th, 2012 at 7:43 AM ^

I can't even get a full night's sleep without someone wandering into the cockpit and saying, "gee, I wonder what THIS button does."

Something's wrong with the hampsters on the wheels of MGoBlog, so I can't take any corrective actions. Rest assured, though; I hear Bolivian is nice this time of year.


February 6th, 2012 at 11:33 PM ^

you might have learned something about the statistical impotence of anecdotal evidence.

re: your "marketable skill" joke of a post up there, universities are not trade schools. people who only want a marketable skill should go to a trade school or a community college. universities are for people who want a real education. i would have thought EMU students would appreciate that. if all you care about is a marketable skill, why not just go to WCC or something? it's a lot cheaper than EMU.


February 7th, 2012 at 8:36 AM ^

yep, going to school for dance, theater, sports management, leisure management, hospitality, ect, those equate to an education.  where is the educational value in that?  there are plenty of worthless majors at U of M.  but gosh darn it, if you want to reed and rite reel swell like you hav to go to U of M, thay done dont teech us that stuf at EMU.  because even when you are a dance student, U of M gives you the knowledge you need to cure cancer or balance the national deficit, its not all english and math and stuff you can learn just fine at eastern


February 7th, 2012 at 12:57 PM ^

and I'm going to pull a well used True Value® steel tipped shovel off of my wall;
then I'm going to find my pair of 12' jumper cables.

Now I'd like to offer them and $20 to any veteran MGoBlog user to go find wherever Dex is buried; dig his sorry-ass up, jump-start his cruel heart and let him tell your whiny ass to:



(I went to a directional school myself, and am surprisingly NOT butt-hurt about it.)


February 6th, 2012 at 7:34 PM ^

Jesus.  Spell the damn kid's name right...he's only been a starter for 2 years now.  Additionally, you may be interested to know that Jordan didn't have any preferred walk-on status.  He simply made the team at open tryouts (his second try) that virtually any enrolled student can attend.  RR was smart enough to recognize ability the first time he saw him though (although he didn't take him because of knee injury concerns).  By the next year those concerns were alleviated. 


February 6th, 2012 at 7:47 PM ^

This kid will show up to camp this summer still 17 years old.  Can't imagine what a college strength and conditioning program will do for him as he gets older!

Hardware Sushi

February 6th, 2012 at 7:59 PM ^

Congrats to Dan!

Awesome to have more depth on the offensive line. In 3-4 years' time, anything can happen.

Hopefully he'll transform into a different animal once he gets a college weight program and more attention to technique.


February 6th, 2012 at 8:27 PM ^

I was really hoping Michigan would land him, either by scholarship or by walk-on.  This is good news and I think he'll end up being a good player for M.  Welcome aboard Dan!


February 6th, 2012 at 9:08 PM ^

Gibbs is a tough inline blocker who can maul defenders when run blocking; also flashes the explosion and playing strength to knock defenders off the ball when single blocking. Has great size with good athleticism for the offensive guard position at the major level of competition. It appears his frame is very capable on handling additional body mass. We like this guys toughness; comes off the ball aggressive and hard but a little too high at times; must work to lower his pad level on initial contact. Appears to bave some lower body stiffness however we are impressed with his ability to get out of his stance when asked to pull and trap, locating defenders on the move while demonstrating good balance and agility; plays on his feet well in space. Although this prospect is more of a mauler than one who consistently knocks defenders off the line of scrimmage we are impressed with his ability to get movement when single blocking; is a nasty tough finisher who is capable of putting defenders on their backs. If he is to successfully reach for leverage and consistently get a hat on active 1st and 2nd level defenders we see the need to improve initial quickness, first step and pad level. His long arms should be an asset in pass protection; is not heavy legged playing in the center/guard box, flashing the ability to bend and slide his feet. We do feel he plays too tall and must improve his overall balance and base when pass blocking. All areas of hand use will need refinement although we see flashes of strong initial punch and extension. Gibbs appears to be flying under the radar as a BCS prospect. However with his size, potential for growth and toughness we see major level potential at the offensive guard position.


February 6th, 2012 at 9:09 PM ^

Go Mape!

OL don't scream at you in high school unless you're watching them but I saw a few Seaholm games this year and never noticed a D-I OT. Take that for what it's worth; I'm no on-site talent judge (but I wonder what his BMI is) and I wasn't watching him in particular.