First, he was a blue-chip quarterback recruit. Then Torrance Gibson was the next big thing at wide receiver for Ohio State.
The thing is, Gibson never played a down for the Buckeyes – he redshirted as a freshman and was suspended by the university as a sophomore – before deciding to transfer to Cincinnati to be a signal caller once again. Perhaps key to that move was Luke Fickell, the former Ohio State defensive coordinator who took over as the Bearcats' head coach after the Buckeyes' 2016 season ended.
In an exclusive interview with BSB on Friday morning in Cincinnati, Fickell delved into Gibson's decision to head south for the Queen City.
"It was good, he had a bunch of options with things he wanted to do," Fickell told BSB. "But he's passionate about playing quarterback and to have the opportunity to play quarterback. He's been humbled and has a chance to press restart and start this thing all over again with a different attitude and a little bit greater maturity level than he was even two years ago.
"So I think it's a great opportunity for him and I think him understanding – having a relationship with somebody – makes it that much easier for him to be able to transition."
Fickell confirmed that Gibson will be playing quarterback at Cincinnati, but it's still not clear when he'll be eligible. There's a chance he could play in 2017 but he could have to sit out due to transfer rules. Since he's already used a redshirt year, Gibson would likely lose a year of eligibility even if he has to sit out.
"Torrance is in school here this summer," Fickell said. "We still aren't exactly sure whether he'll be able to make it for this year or if he'll have to basically redshirt or sit out a year."
Gibson, a Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage product, initially signed with Ohio State as a four-star prospect in the 2015 class. He was the No. 5 quarterback in the nation, but switched to wide receiver not long after his arrival in Columbus.
BSB's entire exclusive interview with Luke Fickell will be published in the July 2017 print edition of Buckeye Sports Bulletin, which is the annual Interview Issue. For four free trial issues of Buckeye Sports Bulletin, including the Interview Issue, click here.