Torrance Gibson derby really heating up, especially for Auburn, Tennessee

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Tennessee and Knoxville recently had a chance to make an impression on coveted five-star quarterback Torrance Gibson. Vols fans have shown Gibson “the love” from the outset, sweet talking him on social media, leaving messages around campus–you name it. There’s no question Tennessee has made an impression on Gibson, and that the tide in his recruitment has shifted a bit … where Ohio State isn’t the hands-on leader now.

This weekend, Vols fans will have to hold their breath as a fellow SEC program gets its chance to impress.

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Auburn and its fans now get a chance to make their big impression. Gibson said he’ll be at Auburn’s spring game on Saturday, and the program and its fans can get a chance to court the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback in the nation. This isn’t Gibson’s first trip to Auburn, as he stopped by there during spring break in late March on his tour of the southeast. He also checked out LSU, Tennessee and Florida on that trip, as well as Oklahoma and Clemson. While in Auburn, he met Cam Newton–which made quite an impression. Plus, Gibson would fit Auburn’s spectacular offense like a glove.

Gibson still hasn’t been to Ohio State, but he has said recently that Tennessee and Auburn are sticking out–big time. Those are his top three schools.

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On May 5, Gibson will name a leader in his recruitment, but he has said he still doesn’t want to announce his decision until later this year. He said he will not be rushed, even though most elite QBs decide around this time in their junior year. And you can bet most programs will wait.

Gibson is from south Florida and plays at American Heritage school in the Fort Lauderdale area. As a junior he threw for 1,864 yards and 19 TDs while rushing for 1,032 yards and 10 TDs. Gibson will be joined this weekend by prep teammates Travarus McFadden and 2016 receiver prospect Dredrick Snelson. McFadden is a national top 100 prospect for 2015, and is thought to be a slight LSU lean.

Editor’s note: Saturday Down South’s references to ratings follow the 247Sports.com composite rankings.

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