BEAVERTON, Ore. — Athlete or quarterback?
The question begs when the topic is Torrance Gibson, however, the smile on the Plantation, Fla., native’s face disappears and some disgust shows when asked.
“I don’t like the name athlete,” Gibson told InsideTennessee after the Elite 11 competition Sunday.
“I’m getting tired of people saying you’re an athlete. In deep of my heart, I know I’m a quarterback.”
With the aid of former Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Jordan Palmer, Gibson took steps forward in his progress as a field general during Elite 11 play.
“He’s teaching me a lot of things I never knew about playing the position,” Gibson said.
The left-hander gets the opportunity to apply what he’s learned this week. Gibson says he “can’t wait” for the arrival of the remaining members of the 162-player field that earned invites to The Opening. During 7-on-7 play, the Scout five-star says he’s playing quarterback and quarterback only.
He’s also anticipating the arrival of another Scout five-star with which he’s forged a relationship in spite of the two living on opposite ends of the country.
“Kahlil McKenzie, he’s my guy, man,” Gibson said of the Concord, Calif., product. “I can’t wait to see him tomorrow.”
The two have even discussed attending the same university. Two possibilities are Arizona and Tennessee. Gibson has a list of schools that’s concentrating on but the Wildcats are currently on the outside looking in.
Gibson says he may take a visit to check out Arizona in September. He has tentative plans to trip up to Ohio State in July.
For more on his top 7, the timeframe for his public declaration and where he plans to take his official visits, click play on the InsideTennessee video interview below: