After failing to land a quarterback out of their top group of Deshaun Watson, Brandon Harris, and Jerrod Heard in the 2014 recruiting cycle, Urban Meyer and the rest of the Ohio State coaching staff have quarterback as a top priority in the 2015 cycle.
The staff has already offered a handful of quarterbacks, with the guys sitting the highest being Fort Lauderdale (FL) Heritage QB Torrance Gibson, Kennesaw (GA) Harrison QB Lorenzo Nunez, and Jersey City (NJ) St. Peter's prep QB Brandon Wimbush, with many others sitting just outside their top group.
While the staff would love to add any three of the aforementioned quarterbacks, Gibson is the guy who sits at the very top of their recruiting board.
Ohio State has had quite a bit of contact with the 6'4, 200-pound signal caller. He has been talking to many of the Buckeye coaches.
"I have been in contact with all of the coaches, I talk to every coach," Gibson said. "I talk to Mark Pantoni, Urban Meyer, Zach Smith, coach (Tom) Herman. I talk to pretty much all of the coaches."
Growing up in the State of Florida, Gibson had a front-row seat for now Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer's teams at Florida. He liked what Meyer did in Gainesville and is currently doing in Columbus.
"He's a great coach. Great coach to be around. What he did with the Gators is amazing," Gibson told Land-Grant Holy Land. "He has done the same thing with Ohio State and that's what makes him a great coach."
Gibson, whose high school runs the spread offense, is intrigued with Ohio State's offense and how he could be featured like Braxton Miller in the Buckeye offense.
"Me and Braxton Miller are the same type of person because we run the same type of offense, the spread offense, what's the same type they run in college. Me and Braxton Miller are very similar," he continued. "Braxton Miller, he's a great quarterback, great leader on and off the field, great role model to young kinds, and just a great quarterback."
Not only does the standout quarterback like Urban Meyer and Braxton Miller, but he likes almost everything about Ohio State.
"Ohio State has a great tradition. All of the great players they've had play there," he continued. "It's just a great school in general. Ohio is beautiful, and I can't wait to take my visit. Ohio State also has had a great football team for the past couple of years, great quarterbacks have gone through there, great coaches, and the school is just great."
So far he has only make trips to Miami because of the close proximity to his home in Fort Lauderdale, but he would like to get out and see Ohio State and many other schools over the summer.
"This summer. I'm trying to make it this summer," he said of when he'd like to visit Ohio State. "(I'm looking forward to) seeing the campus, (meeting) all of the coaching staff, and just looking at the school in general."
"Clemson, Tennessee, Florida State, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, and all of the north schools and work my way down south," Gibson said of the other schools he'd like to visit.
While a lot of quarterbacks like to make their college decision early in the process, in order to recruit for their school, that's not expected to be the case with Gibson.
"I'm not committing anytime soon," Gibson stated. "I'm just going to wait it all out."
When it comes time to sit down and talk about making his decision, there will be many factors that are put into it.
"Academics, great campus life, great offense, and just the school in general and how the coaching staff works together as a group."
If you follow Gibson on Twitter, you probably notice he interacts with fans from all of the different colleges recruiting him quite frequently. This might get old for a lot of recruit, but Gibson embraces the attention.
"I like the attention, I'm not going to lie to you. I like expressing myself on Twitter and having fun," Gibson said. "It's fun to me the fans on Twitter, the fans on Twitter bragging about their school (laughs)."
Gibson threw for 1,789 yards and 18 touchdowns, to only three interceptions in his first year as the starting quarterback at Heritage. In addition to that, he rushed for 1,063 yards on 111 attempts, to go along with 10 scores.
I think the Buckeyes are in a very good position to land Gibson right now. In fact, I think they're in the lead. With that said, they're going to face some stiff competition from the likes of Miami, Tennessee, LSU, and many other top schools who want to add Gibson to their football program just as much as Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes want him as part of their team. This is going to be a fun recruitment to monitor over the next year or so.
You can watch Ohio State's top target for the 2015 recruiting class in action below: