5-Star QB Recruit Has Busy Day at Auburn

Torrance Gibson talks about his day on the Plains and getting to meet a Heisman Trophy winner as well as Auburn's coaches and players.

Plantation, Fla.--Scout.com's third-highest ranked quarterback for the 2015 signee class, Torrance Gibson, spent the day on the Auburn campus as part of his personal spring break tour of colleges and notes he came away impressed.

"It went good and I talked to Cam Newton today," he said of his time on the Auburn campus. Newton, who is recovering from ankle surgery, is taking classes at Auburn before returning to Charlotte later this year for training camp with the NFL's Carolina Panthers.

"We just sat down and talked and I asked him how it feels to be playing in the NFL and he told me," said the quarterback, who notes that he also got a chance to spend quality time with offensive coordinator/quarterback coach Rhett Lashlee and Gus Malzahn, Auburn's head coach.

"Cam is a big inspiration to me," Gibson pointed out. "Everybody says I play like him. Why not sit down and talk to him. He just told me Gus is a great guy and I would fit great in his offense. He just told me to take your time and enjoy the recruiting process."

Gibson got a chance to watch the Tigers go through their fourth spring practice session, a full pads affair on Tuesday morning and then spent the afternoon with Auburn's coaching staff.

"I talked to Coach Lashlee and I talked to Coach Gus--I spent a lot of time with him," Gibson said. "I took a tour around campus. I saw the dorm rooms, I saw where they eat, I saw everything."

"The campus is beautiful," he added. "The people at Auburn are beautiful. I could see myself playing there."

Terrance Gibson tweeted this photo from Tuesday when he hung out with Gus Malzahn.

Gibson noted that he is still a long way from making a college choice. He plans to narrow his list to 10 colleges later this spring. He didn't say who would be on it, but noted there is a good chance that Auburn would be and that he will likely be back for another visit to AU this summer or fall.

The first two stops on his spring break tour were at Oklahoma and LSU. On Wednesday he will visit Clemson and then head toward home with a stop to check out the Florida Gators.

"It has been great," he said of his travels. "I am glad I am doing this little road tour to all of the campuses to help pick the school that is right for me."

Commenting on what he saw on the practice field at Auburn, Gibson said, "The practice went smooth. I saw Nick Marshall. He is a stud--a great quarterback, a great leader at that. You have got to have great leadership to play quarterback and he has that.

"It was a very fast tempo, just like Oregon. He calls a play and you run on the field. If you walk you do up-downs, and you don't want to do that."

Terrance Gibson is a dual-threat quarterback.

The left-handed Gibson is 6-4, 200 pounds with good speed. He threw for just under 1,800 yards while completing 56 percent of his passes as a junior. He finished the season with 19 touchdowns and just three interceptions. He ran for more than 1,000 yards, scored 10 touchdowns and averaged almost 10 yards per carry as a junior.

The five star quarterback from American Heritage High said that Lashlee is the coach recruiting him for Auburn and noted it was interesting to see the offensive coordinator interact with his players.

"I was in a meeting with the quarterbacks and the offense and I got to see how he talks to his quarterbacks and how he breaks down the film with his quarterbacks," the prospect said. "He does a great job. I like his style of offense, I like his style of coaching. He is not too hard on the guys, but if he has to he will be hard on the guys. That is the type of coach I like."

Originally planning to wait to commit until a week before signing day in February, Gibson said that his thinking is changing and he may pick a school immediately after his senior season so he will have time to help recruit classmates.


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