5 star QB Torrance Gibson eyeing Tennessee

Updated: March 17, 2014


Looking for Tennessee’s biggest potential coup in the 2015 signing class? Look no further than Torrance Gibson, who named his top three as Tennessee, Ohio State and Miami, according to Saturday Down South.

There’s no doubt the Vols would love to sign a quarterback in this upcoming class. What coach doesn’t want to sign a quarterback every season? The challenge is convincing a highly touted signal-caller to sign up with a sophomore with playing time and a redshirt freshman on the roster.

The recruitment of Gibson could largely depend on what Joshua Dobbs and Riley Ferguson are able to accomplish this season. If senior Justin Worley starts all season, Gibson would have to feel he’d have a chance to compete for the starting position upon Worley’s departure. If Dobbs or Ferguson secure the starting position, that could work against them in nabbing Gibson. Well, maybe not.

What if Dobbs secures the starting position and looks like a quarterback that could leave after three seasons for the NFL? What if Ferguson decides to transfer if he doesn’t win the starting position. Then, Gibson could be groomed for the job. Sure, it’s hypothetical, but isn’t everything in college football recruiting?

At 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds, Gibson is widely thought of as the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback in the nation. That would be a perfect fit for UT’s offense.

“A lot of people see me as a running quarterback but I like to throw the ball deep and a lot of these coaches are impressed with my accuracy and my deep-ball skills,” Gibson told Saturday Down South. “They say I have a tremendous arm. I can throw 75 yards. They say I have great body size like Cam Newton and they love my game. A lot of people are now looking at dual-threat QBs because they can get out of tough situations when the pocket collapses. A lot of coaches are starting to look at that and I think it’s great for me.”

There’s still a long way to go in Gibson’s recruitment. He has said he’ll take a look at other schools and could adjust his top three. Still, the Vols are in the hunt for a major recruiting coup.

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