Vols Recruiting: Torrance Gibson Plans To “Commit Early”


Sep 8, 2012; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers mascot Smokey leads the team during the Vol walk before the game against the Georgia State Panthers at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

One of the top quarterback recruits in the nation has moved his timeline for committing to the near future.

Torrance Gibson is a 6’4″/200 lb dual-threat quarterback from Ft Lauderdale, FL (American Heritage) that is rated as a five-star recruit. He recently spent some time visiting Auburn, before announcing that he’d be committing earlier than he originally planned.

Gibson is heading to Clemson, before visiting Tennessee this upcoming weekend. He also recently visited LSU.

Getting Gibson on campus will obviously be huge for the Vols’ chances, but it’s going to be hard for them to compete against Ohio State and Auburn. Those teams are in a much better position to compete for a championship right now.

The Vols, however, are gearing up for a run of their own in the next few years and Gibson could be sold on being the quarterback that leads Tennessee back to the promised land.

Gibson, especially with Josh Rosen and Jarrett Stidham recently committing to UCLA and Texas Tech (respectively), is the quarterback recruit that Tennessee covets the most. He’s an insanely talented kid that can throw the ball well and has 4.50 speed. He’d be a perfect fit in the Vols’ uptempo system.

It’s unclear how early Gibson now plans to commit. It could be as early as this summer, or he could still wait until the season starts this fall. One thing to consider is that fellow dual-threat quarterback/athlete Jauan Jennings is set to announce on April 7. If he commits to Auburn that could definitely affect Gibson’s decision.

As far as Tennessee goes, it’s great that Gibson is visiting Knoxville, but the battle for his commitment is going to be a fierce one.