2015 QB Gibson Honored by ESPN Sports Science

2015 QB Gibson Honored by ESPN Sports Science

Tito Benach
It’s not very rare to see a high-school athlete make a play that lands on ESPN’s top ten plays of the week. However, it’s not very often that a high-school athlete gets invited to a convention in Los Angeles for ESPN’s Sports Science awards. 2015 American Heritage (Fla.) quarterback Torrance Gibson got the opportunity to fly out to Los Angeles and be apart of a ESPN Sports Science special for the spectacular play he made in the state championship game.

“They invited me because they saw the play I made in states when I scrambled to the other side of the field and then came back to the other side and threw a touchdown to Dredrick Snelson. It’s been a great experience; saw a lot of celebrities, met a lot of people and it was just a great experience.”

Gibson is planning on working with the South Florida Express this offseason and it provides him with a great opportunity to not only get better, but also play with other top talents around Dade and Broward County.

“Just go out there and compete and have fun; I’m trying to go out there and get better every day and keep running. I’m looking to play with Sam Bruce Jr., he’s an explosive receiver and one of the best receivers coming out of 2016. Of course with my teammates as well with Tarvarus McFadden, Dredrick Snelson and underrated receiver Brandon Johnson.”

The 6’4 200 pound quarterback cherishes the opportunity to learn from highly experience coaches in Kevin Beard, Patrick Surtain and Sam Madison and he certainly doesn’t take it for granted.

“It’s great because I can learn a lot from those guys, they teach me a lot when I’m out there and I just listen. I’m all ears when they talk to me and I can’t wait to play another season with them.”

In terms of recruiting for the American Heritage star, it’s hard to find a school that hasn’t offered him yet. While he holds over 20 offers, he doesn’t hold any leaders or top list of schools.

“No one is the highest, I’m just open right now.”

Despite having no leaders, there are three schools that are recruiting Gibson harder than most.

“Tennessee, Ohio State and I want to say Miami.”

Ohio State is a school that intrigues the 5 star recruit not only because of their large amount of interest, but their offense and how he fits in.

“Urban Meyer, he’s been talking to me and telling me I’m there #1 guy. They really want me and the Buckeyes are coming hard.” said Gibson. “They use Braxton Miller like my coaches use me in highschool. They run the same offense and use a running quarterback a lot. We’re just similar players me and Braxton Miller.”

Another school that joined the mix for the South Florida stud prospect is the SEC Champion Auburn Tigers. While the Tigers may be late to the party, he assures he’s highly interested in them and finds their offensive scheme favorable as well.

“They run a spread offense, the coaches are great especially coach (Rhett) Lashlee. He’s a great coach and he knows what he’s doing. They have a great quarterback in (Nick) Marshall too, same as Braxton Miller, but a little faster.”

While the these two out of states schools are making a hard push for Gibson, the 3 main Florida schools are putting in a good amount of effort into recruiting him.

The Florida State Seminoles have also been in contact with Gibson and he talked about his conversations with head coach Jimbo Fisher.

“Jimbo Fisher, we talk a lot. He told me he’s going to look at my film and tell me what I need to do to become a great quarterback.”

The Hometown Hurricanes are also doing their part to try and lure the nationally ranked prospect to Coral Gables. Reports came out weeks ago that Gibson was disappointed in the ‘Canes recruiting efforts and cited a lack of communication. Has that changed?

“Yeah it’s gotten better; they hadn’t talked to me for a couple weeks, but now it’s picking back up.”

Gibson has been a target for Miami for quite some time and he cites that as one of his main reasons of interest in the school.

“They’ve been recruiting me since 8th grade and anytime someone’s been recruiting you since 8th grade it means they want you bad. Me and Miami, all the coaches have that connection and I can talk about anything around them and I appreciate that because they’ve known me for so long that it feels like home.”

The dual threat passer is being recruited by Head Coach Al Golden, Offensive Coordinator James Coley and Running Back coach Hurlie Brown.

As far as a deciding when to make a commitment, Gibson is in no rush and plans on waiting it out until Signing Day if necessary.

When asked what will play into his decision, Gibson named some key factors.

“The type of offense, the coaching staff, a great campus and a school that just makes me feel at home.”

State Championship Play:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InKUnvjUdHQ

Highlights:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUDdLRrOO7Y
 

Comments (57)

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Would be nice to see Golden land some of the elite talent from AH.

No fuggin excuses.
 
I think Kaaya is going to be great, but we NEED this guy.

We'll figure everything out later, just get him.
 
Great work, sir. It's greatly appreciated.

Interesting to hear that he may take his recruitment all the way to NSD. And since Coley apparently told Treon he'd be willing to make adjustments to the scheme to cater to his skill set during his official visit before he committed to Florida, you'd have to assume he'd give a similar pitch to a player as coveted as Gibson.

Hopefully we'll land some commits from elite skill talents at RB and WR from our own backyard to make Miami a more appealing destination for him.
 
The offense that Ohio State and Auburn run will pretty much guarantee he doesn't come here.
 
The offense that Ohio State and Auburn run will pretty much guarantee he doesn't come here.

We have many of the same concepts in our offense, we didn't have a running QB.

It shouldn't be hard for Coley to sell that.
 
What schtick your still crying about getting mckenzie like he is a big loss are you kidding? Move on mckenzie is a dime a dozen.... And now everyone is gun ho over gibson when we have a ton of qbs on radar that id be happy with any of id like to focus the recruiting on other spots on the team imo gibson doesnt make or break this class at alllll
 
What schtick your still crying about getting mckenzie like he is a big loss are you kidding? Move on mckenzie is a dime a dozen.... And now everyone is gun ho over gibson when we have a ton of qbs on radar that id be happy with any of id like to focus the recruiting on other spots on the team imo gibson doesnt make or break this class at alllll

That red bar of yours is rapidly expanding.

Soon "Thunderdome" will be placed above it.
 
Recruited since the 8th grade but complains about not being spoken to for a couple weeks? **** these divas. Give me Wimbush or someone who doesn't have to be babysat.
 
Recruited since the 8th grade but complains about not being spoken to for a couple weeks? **** these divas. Give me Wimbush or someone who doesn't have to be babysat.

I noticed that also.... Only thing is i think ohio st #1 target is wimbush over gibson
 
What schtick your still crying about getting mckenzie like he is a big loss are you kidding? Move on mckenzie is a dime a dozen.... And now everyone is gun ho over gibson when we have a ton of qbs on radar that id be happy with any of id like to focus the recruiting on other spots on the team imo gibson doesnt make or break this class at alllll

That red bar of yours is rapidly expanding.

Soon "Thunderdome" will be placed above it.

I could care less about lil bars id rather speak truth most people dont want to hear the truth obviously
 
He is much more make or break and a must have for OSU than us. For us, he means a new offense. Maybe we need that, but we have not really have a decent pro style QB since, well since Dorsey(Brock was shotgun qb.) If Olsen or Kaaya turn out to be as good as advertised, then Gibson brings risk associated with change with him. Keep in mind, Bama runs a wonderful 3 - 4; that clearly does not mean we can. The same is true of offenses. If you think the pro style is finished, well then Gibson becomes a must have. But keep in mind, the old Canes defense destroyed the option and all sorts of running qbs in the 80's. Maybe it is a new day, or maybe not. I am old enough to remember UT, OU, and NE dominating with option attacks. Until Howard and JJ showed how to kill it with SO FL speed and talent.
 
That's nice...now just make sure this kid is on the squad next August Al.
 
Kaaya is better than Torrence Gibson. I'm not sold on his "In The Pocket" passing, but he has a whole year to prove.
 
Unless this guy is open to changing positions or we have some transfers I don't see it happening. Between Kaaya, Olsen, and maybe Gibson there will be some unhappy football players. Unfortunately, I see Gibson going to OSU or Auburn simply because they run exactly what fits his style. If he is as good as people say he is (Braxton Miller with a better arm), he will put up rediculous heisman type numbers!
 

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