Torrance Gibson is the apple of so many coaches’ eyes it’s hard for him to keep track. One look at the 6-4, 205-pounder’s film and it’s easy to see why. When asked to break down his own footage, even Gibson himself struggled to come up with an effective plan to slow down the dual-threat dynamo he saw on the screen.
“Well, you need to contain the outside on him because if you give him the outside he’s gone,” said Gibson. “He runs a fast 40 and he has amazing arm strength. He has to work on a couple of things… more accurate passes, staying in the pocket longer… those type of things.”
Those are issues that any coach in the country would love the opportunity to correct. It’ll be a few months before he pares down those that are in strong contention. In the meantime the jockeying for position among those courting him will intensify.
A handful a schools have had or are having their candidacy boosted this week during his spring break visit tour. Stops at Oklahoma, LSU, and Auburn have already taken place, while stops at Clemson and Florida are slated to close things out. Left to reschedule visits for later in the spring or early summer are Midwest suitors like Ohio State and new-to-the party, Michigan. The Wolverines jumped suddenly into the mix a few weeks ago when Gibson connected with Michigan Director of Player Personnel Chris Singletary
“He was just telling me Michigan is highly interested in me and they love my film,” recalled Gibson. “They love what they see.”
The Sunshine star’s feel for the Maize & Blue is still in its formative stages, but what little he does know about the tradition rich program has him extremely impressed.
“I know Desmond Howard went there and he’s great person,” said Gibson. “I met him at Miami camp. He was just talking to me about Michigan. He was telling me, ‘they are going to offer you soon.’ I was waiting on it. Then I just want to get know Michigan a little bit more. I want to know everything about them. Michigan is a great place, great program, over 100,000 fans… they have but they have the biggest stadium in the world.”
“I was waiting on a Michigan offer because a lot of people said, ‘since Ohio State offered you, Michigan will offer you too because that is a big rivalry up there in the north.’ So I was waiting on that offer. I didn’t get it yet, but I’m waiting on it.”
The real catalyst for Gibson’s likely Michigan offer is Doug Nussmeier’s in-person evaluation. Heritage high school will almost certainly be among his stops during the evaluation period. From there the task for the Maize & Blue will be carving out a visit date. Fortunately for them the five-star standout isn’t in any hurry to conclude his recruitment.
“Everybody is even right now,” said Gibson. “After I take all my visits I’ll start narrowing down schools.”
There are a number of ingredients in that determine the ideal fit, and Gibson is willing to go anywhere in the country to find them.
“I’m looking at academics, the staff, campus life, and a great team,” he said. “One team, one dream team, one family.”
“I’m wide open for anyone, leaving Florida is not a problem with me.”
And he insists that northern locales will be in the mix… even if the winter conditions in that part of the country tend to be a tad colder.
“That’s why you wear clothes,” Gibson said laughingly. “That’s why you wear sweaters and jackets. That’s why you wear those types of clothes.”