This is Gibbs' third season at Norfolk Christian. He coached his alma mater, Greenbrier Christian, for three years and is a former assistant at Christopher Newport.
Gibbs' practices rarely include serious contact or 11-on-11 work. Special teams drills are conducted in front of portable goal posts set up near a parking lot cluttered with school busses.
"They're like father figures to us," Moore said of Gibbs and his staff. "Usually people will come to us and say we're the face of Norfolk Christian. Well that's not true. The coaches are, and that's how it's supposed to be."
Spartan surroundings notwithstanding, none of the four considered transferring back to the public school system — Moore and Wahee live in Norfolk, Wynn in Portsmouth, Nixon in Virginia Beach.
"The public schools, we've faced them all in combines," Moore said, "and there's really not that much difference between them and us four. It doesn't make a difference what (high) school we go to."
It was at combines and camps that the foursome's athleticism was most evident. They attracted varying degrees of interest but collectively received offers from schools such as Virginia, Virginia Tech, Oregon, Stanford, Notre Dame, North Carolina State, North Carolina, Arkansas, Michigan State and Navy.
Wahee was the first to commit to Virginia, in early May. Moore followed two days later, Wynn two months later. Nixon was the final holdout, sort of.
He first pledged May 15, to Virginia Tech. But on Aug. 6, he visited Virginia. Three days later, he called Cavaliers coach Mike London to switch.
"They didn't gang up on me," Nixon said of his three amigos nudging him toward Virginia. "They were giving me some advice on going to U.Va."
"It just felt like home to us," Wynn said.
"Going to Norfolk Christian, faith is a big part of our background," Wahee said. "Coach London preached faith, family and football. That played a big factor in our decision."
"The thing about U.Va. is, they're trying to build a program like we're trying to build a program," Moore said.
And if you thought the Cavaliers landing four prospects from one school was unusual …
Moore, Wynn, Nixon and Wahee insist a fifth is on the way. Running back/defensive back Jacorey Robins, a transfer from Churchland High, has an offer from Navy but is hoping for one from Virginia.
"Just so everybody knows," Wynn said, "it's not the Fabulous Four anymore. It's the Fab Five."
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