Thursday, March 20, 2014
Getting to know Torrance Gibson
By Derek Tyson
Throughout this recruiting cycle, RecruitingNation will profile a number of ESPN 300 prospects in the 2015 class, including an inside look at the prospect, his recruitment, a scouting report and what college program could benefit when he ultimately makes his decision.
MIAMI -- Athlete Torrance Gibson, the No. 11-ranked player in the ESPN Junior 300, is a jack of all trades. The 6-foot-4, 195-pound prospect threw for 1,864 yards as a junior with 19 TDs and only three interceptions. Gibson also rushed for 1,032 yards with 10 more scores. In addition to his impressive numbers, he’s arguably the best wide receiver on his 7-on-7 team, the South Florida Express, which features other top receivers such as Da'Vante Phillips and Calvin Ridley.
Though Gibson has many talents, there is only one position in which he feels like he can fully utilize his abilities.
ESPN Junior 300 ATH Torrance Gibson might project best at wide receiver, but the No. 11 overall prospect wants to play quarterback.
"I’ve been playing quarterback all my life, man," Gibson said. "I’ve been watching all these great quarterbacks and I just picture me doing those type of things. Quarterback has just been my dream position.
"I’ve been playing it for so long -- I’m so used to playing it and I’m one of the best leaders and that’s the position I feel like I can use that. I just couldn’t imagine playing another position.”
Gibson is being recruited by just about every school in the country and one school, Florida, was recruiting Gibson as an athlete. But with the addition of new offensive coordinator Kurt Roper, the Gators are switching more to a spread offense and are now recruiting Gibson as a quarterback.
“Florida writes me on Facebook, but I don’t really use Facebook that much -- I’ve switched to Twitter,” Gibson laughed. "They just talk about me fitting in their offense as a dual-threat quarterback and different things I could do in their new offense.”
Though reluctant to name any leaders, Gibson admits there are some other schools that have made a strong impression on him.
"Ohio State, Tennessee -- they are standing out a little bit," Gibson said. "I like the Tennessee coaches, and their fans are amazing. Miami of course, Florida, Oklahoma -- those are just a few that kind of stand out, but I’m wide open.
"I’m going to take some visits over my spring break. I’m going up north and work my way down. I’ll go to Oklahoma, Tennessee, Auburn, Clemson, LSU, Alabama, South Carolina and Florida.”
The No. 2-ranked athlete for the 2015 class has had Ohio State near the top of his list for some time, and that hasn’t changed.
“I like Ohio State, they just need to keep talking to me, I have to get up to campus and see the campus and everything,” he said. "But right now they're up near the top, they are up there."
Gibson is planning to make his final decision around signing day.
About his recruitment: There is no question Gibson enjoys the recruiting process and will let his recruitment play out until the end. The talented athlete will have a chance to really get a feel for some of his favorite schools when he goes on his spring recruiting tour. Getting a chance to see Tennessee and Ohio State, schools that he continues to mention, will help him evaluate each school. Tennessee could use a dynamic playmaker like Gibson in its offense, while the Buckeyes would like an athletic replacement for Braxton Miller.
Scouting profile: One of the top athlete prospects in the 2015 class competed in the Miami NFTC, Torrance Gibson. A tremendous overall athlete with a long, lean lengthy frame, the ESPN Junior 300 prospect displays the tools to excel at the wide receiver position. With his size, speed and ability to make defenders miss, Gibson can be a big-play weapon on offense, we feel particularly so at receiver. While the event included a strong group of receivers, we didn’t see Gibson with that group. He worked out instead with the QBs, a position he plays for his high school and is working to transition to the college at. The lefty can create problems with his legs and he possesses a strong arm and times made some nice throws. Consistency though was an issue as he needs to continue to make some strides technically as a passer. Long limbed with a long, tense delivery he can be erratic throwing the football, and as a QB he can be scheme limited and need developmental time. Gibson has the physical tools to make plays with the ball in his hands and that could come at QB, though we continue to feel at this stage that his impact can be big and more immediate at WR. -- Craig Haubert
Handicapping the race: At this point, it’s anyone’s guess where Gibson might end up. Ohio State has shown the ability to recruit in South Florida (Johnnie Dixon, Joey Bosa) over the last few years. Miami and Florida, the home-state teams, will try and make a push for Gibson, but if signing day were today, he would likely sign with Ohio State, followed closely by Tennessee.