Since last year, if there was one class of 2015 prospect the Ohio State coaches and fans wanted in the Elite '15, it was more than likely definitely Torrance Gibson.
After what seemed to be an on again, off again relationship in the early stages of his recruitment, Urban Meyer and his group of assistant coaches battled with programs such as Auburn, Tennessee, LSU, Miami, and UCF throughout the process, but were able to finally secure a commitment from the Fort Lauderdale, FL native on Monday afternoon at a ceremony at his high school.
It's not everyday that you can pick up a commitment from a prospect with the potential of Torrance Gibson. An overall beast at the high school level, the 6'4, 200-pound southpaw runs a sub-4.5 40-yard dash and has accounted for over 4,400 total yards of offense and nearly 50 total touchdowns for the reigning Sate Champion American Heritage Patriots over the last two seasons.
Already holding a verbal pledge from Joe Burrow of Athens, Gibson makes the second quarterback commitment for the Bucks 2015 class. The two really couldn't more different players, however. Burrow is more of a pocket passer, while Gibson is a true dual-threat with big play potential, but still a little raw with his overall throwing mechanics
With the Buckeyes looking to bring in talent to help the offense open up the playbook, but with upperclassmen ahead of him on the depth chart, it wouldn't be surprising to see the staff use Gibson in a matter of different ways early on during his career at Ohio State. Similar to the role Jalin Marshall has played for OSU this year, look for Torrance, a four-star recruit, to line-up at quarterback, receiver and even run the ball out of the backfield to keep defenses on their toes until he can crack the OSU lineup as a full timer.
When you are one of the top overall recruits in the country, you get to meet not just a lot of coaches, but also recruits. Gibson didn't just build a solid relationship with the Ohio State staff, but also future Buckeyes. Jashon Cornell and Justin Hilliard are just two of the Elite '15 members who got close with Gibson during the process.
Torrance's friendship with not just OSU commits, but also many other top prospects from across the United States, could end up paying off for the Buckeyes in the long run, as recruits always want to feel a little piece of home when they are miles away from their loved ones.
Before he has even graduated high school, Gibson is already helping Ohio State move up the rankings. Now up to 19 verbal commitments, Gibson's pledge should skyrocket the Buckeyes from the 12th, up to the No. 8 spot in the 247Sports Composite class rankings for 2015 when they are updated, good enough for tops in the Big Ten.