There hasn’t been a tour this popular since the Rolling Stones Reunion.
OK, maybe that’s slightly overstated. But among diehard SEC football fans, five-star quarterback Torrance Gibson has easily surpassed Mick Jagger in popularity … and in attracting cyber rubber-neckers. Why is that? Well, he’s 6-foot-4, 200 pounds, has elite track speed, a strong arm and is incredibly poised and possesses a cool, sharp-as-a-tack demeanor that makes coaches salivate.
In other words, Tennessee really wants Gibson. They need him … and they’re the SEC program with the best chance at landing him.
The Vols got a small shred of good news in the past few days when Gibson rerouted his spring break travel trip, dropping South Carolina and planning a swing through Knoxville instead. The actions are speaking. He already has stated that the Vols are clearly one of his top three teams–along with Ohio State and close-to-home Miami. Gibson told Saturday Down South recently that Tennessee’s coaching staff told him they didn’t take a quarterback in 2014 because they wanted Gibson in 2015. A routine recruiting line? Well, of course … but the Vols certainly wouldn’t mind bringing him in. He’s the No. 1 target.
For the record, Gibson wrapped up a visit to LSU’s campus on Monday, was at Oklahoma over the weekend and said he planned to check out Alabama, Auburn, Florida and Clemson on spring break, also.
Some programs have him pegged as a wide receiver, which he would probably dominate at too, but he does want to play quarterback in college. However, he would fit what Tennessee and second-year coach Butch Jones believes in, offensively, and with the uncertainty at the QB position at Tennessee, he could step in as early as next fall and make a difference.
Now, if Tennessee doesn’t land Gibson … which is a distinct possibility thanks to Ohio State and Miami, who would Tennessee go after next? Well, one would think the next realistic target would be New Mexico native Zach Gentry, a 6-foot-6, 230-pound four-star prospect. Gentry has been busy the past few weeks, racking up the scholarship offers as the domino effect of quarterback recruiting heats up. Alabama offered in late February, while Texas offered Monday. But Tennessee has been on him a long time and Jones and his staff visited him in late January. They’ve made it very clear they like him. Oklahoma State is also an option.
Drew Lock is another four-star stud that Tennessee likes, but he’s a legacy with Missouri. He told Saturday Down South that the allure of Tennessee’s quarterbacking situation is intriguing, as Mizzou obviously should have Maty Mauk entrenched for a few more years … but it’d be hard to bet against Mizzou ultimately landing Lock. Another option is 6-foot-5 Florida native Dwayne Lawson, who the Gators also covet. Lawson passed for 2,000 yards and rushed for 1,000 last year as a junior … making him a good fit, also. A few more dominoes will have to fall around the country before we get a handle on where Lawson stands with certain programs.
There are also “athlete” type guys out there that Tennessee may be interested in for quarterback. One name that jumps out is in-stater Jauan Jennings from Murfreesboro. At 6-foot-4, 190 pounds, Jennings is built to play a ton of positions, and Alabama likes him in that “athlete” role. If Tennessee doesn’t get one of the aforementioned QBs, keep an eye on how they handle their recruitment of Jennings. He is uber-talented.
One thing is for sure … by the time June rolls around, we’ll know a heckuva lot more about the Tennessee situation at QB.