Torrance Gibson Prepares for Repeat Run and Silencing Doubters

By Jeremy Birmingham on August 19, 2014 at 8:48p
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There are not many recruits right now with the cachet of Torrance Gibson

Every tweet, every Facebook post, every minute of every day he's hugged, or hounded, or harassed or heckled. Torrance Gibson is a new-world celebrity, a star athlete in a world who loves one thing more than turning athletes into idols – and that's tearing them down. It's not a situation that grown men and women handle well, so the chip that's developed on Gibson's shoulder shouldn't be a surprise.

"All my life, I've had the mentality that I will not be stopped from reaching my goals," Gibson told Eleven Warriors. "I know people like to talk about me, and I like it most of the time. It keeps me focused and working hard to prove people wrong. I know people don't want me to play quarterback, or say I cant, or that I'd be a better wide receiver, but I know what I can do on the field. I've played quarterback a long time, and I will continue to play quarterback. I will show the world once again that doubting me only makes me work harder."

That chip on his shoulder? He's not alone in embracing it. His entire American Heritage (Fort Lauderdale, Florida) team has adopted that mentality as they prepare for the 2014 season. There's always something to prove and there's always someone doubting you.

"Right now, I just have to get ready to go out and play football, and that's it," Gibson said when asked how the end of the summer is something he's looking forward to. "We won the state championship last year, but that was last year, it's in the past now. We're going to play with a chip on our shoulder, because we have to. Everyone we play is going to circle our name on their schedule so we have to be focused on our team, our game and our season and not worry what other people think."

What people "think" is exactly what Gibson already alluded to. That his out-of-this-world athleticism and inconsistency throwing the football means an eventual position switch is inevitable. It's hard not to see his frame, his sub 4.4-speed and his explosiveness without imagining the threat he'd be lined up all over the football field. The people who have worked closely with Gibson over the last few months, including the man responsible for the Elite 11 Quarterback Camps, Trent Dilfer, seem to disagree.

"What I'm scared about is that he'll never develop," Dilfer told Paul Myersberg of the USA Today in July. "He's really worked hard at this. He has so much room for growth, and he'll do the work. I think he deserves a chance to develop as a quarterback. Because he's such a great kid. He's so pliable."

That experience in Oregon was one Gibson says changed his outlook and his approach.

"They actually invited me to The Opening as an 'athlete,' but they allowed me to participate in the Elite 11 so I could get the experience and reps working as a quarterback and I really appreciated that chance," he said of Nike's premiere camp. "I learned so much there, and really it's just knowing that quarterback isn't a regular position on the football field. I have to take control of the football team, I have to know that people are always going to be watching me. If it's 4th-and-20 with a minute left in a game, they'll be watching me. That camp definitely prepared me for the challenges ahead and for college."

The Buckeyes are one of a handful of college teams still in the hunt for the country's 26th-ranked player, and he will be make his second visit to Columbus in six weeks, his official visit, on the weekend of September 6th. The Buckeyes host Virginia Tech in what will be their first true home game of the season, and it's a trip Gibson is looking forward to making. After a tumultuous few months in spring and early summer, Gibson and the Buckeyes seemed to drift apart, but that's no longer the case. His famed Twitter "lists" had the Buckeyes at third, fifth and seventh, seemingly out of contention until his late July visit. After that, with Ohio State pronounced as his then (and current) leader, things have changed noticeably between himself and the Buckeyes and Urban Meyer himself.

"We talk every day now," Gibson said of Ohio State's head coach. "I guess you can say we lost communication there for a while, but that's all behind us. He told me that he really didn't know how to use Twitter that much (laughs)."

The chance to further establish a relationship with what could be his future coach aside, Gibson wants to experience a gameday atmosphere at Ohio State. He says that's equally important in the stadium and on campus.

"I'm really excited to just get back on campus again," he mentioned. "I'd like to try and get a better feel for the whole place, academically and football-wise. The game experience should be great and I want to really soak up that atmosphere."

Although he's not committed to Ohio State, he's aware that a few other big Buckeye targets will be on hand and he's looking forward to the chance to spend time with potential teammates.

"I think that night should be great," when asked about the players he's looking forward to meeting. "I've heard Josh Sweat, Lawrence Cager and Christian Kirk might all be there. I've been talking to people about it."

Recruiting is far from over for Torrance Gibson, but he's trying to turn his energy towards his team, improving his game and his senior year of high school. 

"I've been working a lot on staying in the pocket," Gibson said of his preparations for his senior campaign. "I want our team to win the state title again. My only goal is to get better, to help my team win games and to help get my teammates get offers, to get more attention, because they deserve it too. They all work too hard for all the attention to just be on me."

Torrance Gibson is growing up, it seems. The five-star talent is learning each and every day that expectations can burden you and that talent can become an anchor if you let it. Fortunately, he's also learning that the chances to develop his game and his character are all around him, and he's taking each and every one of them.

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My buck's picture

I wonder if Braxton's situation is going to impact Gibson's decision. I hope not, I'd love to snag Gibson. 

rdubs's picture

Apparently if anything it is a positive: 

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Jeremy Birmingham's picture

It won't have any impact. If it does, it's a positive. 

gumtape's picture

It is amazing what effect one visit with urban Meyer and Tom Herman can have with a superstar recruit. Let's close on this kid.

just another psycho, irrational, delusional Ohio St fan

fuzzmonky's picture

Friday Night Lights has a huge effect on these young guys. Great tradition brought on by Meyer. Give them the taste of the Shoe with lights shining on them....feels like gameday

Three yards and a cloud of dust...no more

whiskeyjuice's picture

yup, lets get him

"Championships are not won on Saturdays in November. Championships are won on Tuesdays in August." -- Kerry Combs

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Sims_tOSU's picture

I love hearing he might not even visit Tennessee or auburn anymore. Auburn I'm not sure on bc he probably will but right now he said he is visiting Oklahoma (doesn't really seem as a threat) and Arizona (same as Oklahoma). To me he seems all buckeye but then again I don't know much so don't take my word for it. 

Jeremy Birmingham's picture

Arizona is actually one of my bigger concerns for Gibson, along with Miami.

OSU069's picture

Why Arizona? Didn't they just come into his recruitment recently? Miami I get because they are the hometown school but Arizona? 

Jeremy Birmingham's picture

RichRod has a very favorable offense for a guy like him.

OSU069's picture

I guess. I'm just thinking that Urban Meyer also has a favorable offense for him and there is no question who the better coach is between the two. 

Buckeyeneer's picture

Isn't Arizona favored by Kirk as well?

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

THE Ohio State University

Jeremy Birmingham's picture

No, he's looking at ASU still however.

Shangheyed's picture

Yeh but not like Meyer's  Offense.... or the opportunity to play for NC... its a bigger pond at OSU, if he succeeds there he will have better chance at getting into the league as well...   I don't think anyone in their right mind would choose Arizona over the Buckeyes... it's just to much of a stretch by all accounts.

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JohnnyKozmo's picture

Seen this before with TP.  I like the good guys chances.

SilverState's picture

**"I'd really like to get an update on Torrance Gibson after the news with Braxton today."**

Just like that, Birm delivers.

Man how I love 11W!

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Buckeyeneer's picture

Great stuff, Birm. You're like a lighthouse on a dark and stormy night.

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

THE Ohio State University

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OSU_1992_UFM's picture

A regular ray of sunshine on a cloudy day

UFM_Renewal

osu07asu10's picture

This has to be the least comments ever on a TG article posted hours ago...

I think it speaks volumes of how we feel about Braxton, and I mean zero disrespect to Gibson.

"They don't know what they don't know." - Coach Mick

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MN Buckeye's picture

I love his enthusiasm. And I agree that he is maturing and growing up.

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BuckeyeAsylum's picture

"The Buckeyes are one of a handful of college teams still in the hunt for the country's 26th-ranked player, and he will be make his second visit to Columbus in six weeks, his official visit, on the weekend of September 6th."

Wouldn't this be more like 2.5 weeks? Or is he visiting a different weekend? Whoops moment?

Jeremy Birmingham's picture

No, his visit on September 6th will be his second visit in a six week span.

BuckeyeAsylum's picture

Ah, I re-read it a couple times, caught it. My bad! :D I'mma just blame the drama of losing Braxton as leaving me discombobulated or w/e. :D I'll stfu and go away now!

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ih8rolltyde's picture

I always thought 11W would be the last place I'd see punctuation as a facial gesture. Yes sir, Mr. Dylan, changing more by the day.

****igan smells like old water that hot dogs were boiled in.  FACT

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KBonay's picture

Thanks Birm.  Good to see this side of TG.  Looks like he truly is a competitor.  I, for one, have been on the TG train for a while now.  I think he has greatness in him.  Not many folks have that 'wow' factor and who better than Urban to foster it?

Spider1944's picture

"There's always something to prove and there's always someone doubting you." I wish I understood that at his age. 

"There are 3 things that can happen and 2 of them are bad" - the Curse of Woody Hayes

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Buckeyevstheworld's picture

SILENCING DOUBTERS

He has a lot in common with Ohio State.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

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WezBuck28's picture

Dude is all buckeye imo...

buckeyedude's picture

I hope Gibson chooses the Good Guys, and I know Gibson is still in high school, but if he's going to play football for Ohio State, he's going to have to bulk up. He looks like he's 160lbs. At that weight, he'd get snapped in two by some blitzing LB.

~I've heard Josh Sweat, Lawrence Cager and Christian Kirk might all be there.

Can you imagine if Sweat, Cager, Kirk and Gibson committed to the Buckeyes?! That would be a Buckeye fan's wet dream.  #1 class right there!

 

 

Shangheyed's picture

Bulking up will not be an issue just look around at the team all have added good weight and we rarely have a weight problem now... even Carter is in 'great' shape... that will be the least of his developement worries.

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buckeyedude's picture

True dat. By his true sophomore year he'll be 20 lbs. heavier after having been in the OSU weight room.

 

 

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Barnsey69's picture

With the way things have played out here, being mentored by Braxton may tip the scales, if they weren't already. Even if Braxton changes his mind and leaves, this offense and the way our QB recruits are staggered lends to a great position for him. And the coaching staff here is far superior than other school he is considering, except maybe Auburn.

I think a night game atmosphere in the Horseshoe seals the deal.

Thank the Maker that I was born in Ohio, cradle of coaches, US Presidents, confederate-stomping Generals, and home of The Ohio State University Football Buckeyes!

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bleedscarlet's picture

He can't play QB, he should just play WR.

I'm too drunk to taste this chicken

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SilverState's picture

Not sure if you're lacking tact, or trying to make him a better QB.

bleedscarlet's picture

Was just playin'.... Hell, if Nick Marshall, Denard Robinson, Taylor Martinez, etc... can do it, Gibson certainly could.

I'm too drunk to taste this chicken

OSU_1992_UFM's picture

Do you care to elaborate on this?

I don't agree at all, Gibson is just soo raw...like Pryor was. He has every physical tool to be great IMO, and with talent being stockpiled in Urbans arsenal Gibson would have a ton of weapons to work with/develop with.

UFM_Renewal

tdible2132's picture

I've always felt, and continue to feel that Miami is the biggest threat for Gibson. Something about the way his recruitment changes and the fact that there have been a few "issues" makes me feel that staying close to home could end up being his best option in the end. I still have the Buckeyes, but if I was asked to state a  scenario where he isn't in the class, it's with him ending up at hometown Miami.

BUCKSOMIES's picture

Thanks Birm for the great info.  I think this young man is growing up right before our eyes.  He seems to be truly concerned about his fellow players.  I thinks he has turned the corner and has matured quit a bit over the last couple months.  Come to tOSU and continue to grow Mr. Gibson.

DBell8's picture

I have to say that I wasn't all that keen on Gibson as I started to really look after what he was doing. However, as Birm mentions, he seems to have grown up a lot lately and he has handled the Braxton Miller injury with pure class. Hopefully we can snag him along with a few recruits he could possibly bring with him!