Welcome to “Quarterback Week”, where Saturday Down South talks to some of the top QB targets out there for SEC schools. We’ve interviewed some of the biggest names, and we’ll rank them at the end of the week. See who your school is hoping to lure to campus.
Torrance Gibson has Gus Malzahn, Butch Jones, Les Miles, Will Muschamp and Urban Meyer on speed dial. OK, maybe it’s not that extreme. Gibson certainly has their attention though, as well as the attention of just about every program that matters in college football. He’s the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback prospect in America.
And … he’s confused. And remarkably humble. He’s not your typical teenager … he doesn’t have all the answers yet.
“I’m just as confused as everybody else is about all of this,” Gibson told Saturday Down South. “A lot of coaches are just blowing me away. I’m just trying to enjoy all of this right now. I’m not committing any time soon. Everybody is even right now.”
SEC schools like Auburn, LSU, Florida and Tennessee are some of the higher-end contenders for the south Florida QB’s services, thanks to how they appear they’d use this 6-foot-4, 200-pound dynamo who runs a 4.5-second 40-yard dash. Ohio State, Miami and Clemson are also serious contenders.
“The SEC is the toughest conference in college football and it has been for the last decade, pretty much,” Gibson told SDS. “LSU, Alabama, Florida, Mississippi State, there are just a lot of schools that are great. If I have a shot to play in the SEC, that would be a great honor. I’d give it my all every time I step on the field. It just really prepares you for the NFL. Some of the top players come out of the SEC, and when you play against that kind of defense, it gets you prepared for the pros, if I get to the NFL. It’s pretty tough going against the SEC, but you just have to get through it … I won’t have a problem with that.”
There are several interesting scenarios at SEC schools. At Tennessee, Gibson has been told by the coaching staff that the reason they didn’t take a quarterback in their huge 2014 class is because they want Gibson first and foremost in 2015. At Auburn, he could play in a high-powered offense that played in a national championship two of the past four seasons. LSU and Florida would be two other storied programs he could play for.
Gibson feels he could be effective either in a pro-style setup or the spread.
“A lot of people see me as a running quarterback but I like to throw the ball deep, and a lot of these coaches are impressed with my accuracy and my deep-ball skills,” Gibson told SDS. “They say I have a tremendous arm. I can throw 75 yards. They say I have great body size like Cam Newton and they love my game. A lot of people are now looking at dual-threat QBs because they can get out of tough situations when the pocket collapses. A lot of coaches are starting to look at that and I think it’s great for me.”
Gibson had one final message for the coaches recruiting him, and he said it’s just as important as his arm, size and speed.
“I’m a leader, a humble guy and I will do anything it takes to take the win,” Gibson told SDS. “I always put my teammates first, it’s not just about me. I just want everybody to know that about me. It’s about the whole team and my love for my teammates on the field. I will fight to the end for them.”
Editor’s note: Saturday Down South’s references to ratings follow the 247Sports.com composite rankings for high school prospects.