You'll have to forgive Urban Meyer and his world class Ohio State Buckeyes coaching staff. While many of their peers are panicking about how much is in the budget to hire a cadre of coeds to text recruits 150 times a day (which hey, the NCAA actually already announced they'll reconsider at a board of directors meeting which means they've been effectively already struck it down...not that the coaches ever really understood the new regulations in the first place), Meyer and his staff weren't just busy laying the ground work for next year, but for the year after that.
Enter Torrance Gibson. The member of American Heritage High School's class of 2015 is a dual-threat quarterback from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He's also loosely classified as the generic "ATH", which who knows, that could mean someone has the 6-13 180 pound signal caller pegged as as wide receiver or maybe even a safety (we're looking your way, Mack Brown).
It's way too early for Gibson to have drawn any thorough scouting critiques (none of the four major services have so much as ranked him), but that doesn't mean we can't talk about what we *do* know about him. In addition to the Buckeyes, Gibson also has outstanding offers from Notre Dame, Miami, and Boston College, and is thought to be interested in Alabama, who've reached out to him but have yet to offer.
While there's not exactly a ton of tape as of yet on him either at this early juncture, here's Gibson as a two athlete making a strong move in pass defense (we told you Mack Brown would love him):
But that wasn't the only news on the day as far as Ohio State recruiting goes. The Buckeyes played host to 6-6 (!) safety Sam Hubbard of Cincinnati Moeller fame. While Hubbard probably projects to linebacker at the next level, he found his way to Columbus on an unofficial visit Wednesday afternoon to see what all the Central Ohio campus had to offer.
Hubbard, who's not rated by any of the major services yet either, also has offers from Ohio (the actual one, Brady Hoke), Miami (the one in Oxford), Illinois, and Boston College. Though he's in this coming class, there's obviously still a very long way between now and National Signing Day 2014. We'll have to keep an eye on this one.
Shifting gears to a future visit, Ohio State could be well on their way to adding a third offensive tackle for the 2014 class. With Marcelys Jones and Kyle Trout already in the deck, the Bucks are now shifting their focus to Red Bank, NJ 4-star OT Quenton Nelson. Nelson's headed to Columbus March 28-29th and couldn't exactly contain himself when talking about the prospects there in ($):
"I'm expecting to see some of the best facilities in the nation and an awesome campus," Nelson said. "I want to be able to talk and meet all the coaches and some of the players. I want to discover the curriculum and get a feel for the on-campus atmosphere."
Finally, if you thought the class of 2015 was cradle robbing, you won't believe who's in the Buckeyes' crosshairs now. Well, given his lineage, maybe you will:
#Buckeyes lead for another Bosa: Nick Bosa Has #OhioState At The Top Of His List ohiostate.247sports.com/Article/Nick-B… via @247sports & @bill_kurelic— Steve Wiltfong (@SWiltfong247) March 6, 2013
Ohio State's very much in on 2016 DE Nick Bosa, the kid brother of incoming freshman defensive end, Joey. Nick is a rising end in his own right, and despite having just completed one year of playing varsity football, you won't want to miss this highlight tape: