Coveted quarterback Torrance Gibson spent spring break touring campuses across the country, creating a stir at every stop along the way. Without hesitation, the 5-star Florida prospect is already busy planning the next phase of his recruitment process.
Gibson, a marquee member of the 2015 class, told 247Sports reporter Bill Kurelic (subscription required) he expects to use official visits with at least a pair of programs.
“Ohio State and Tennessee, those two official visits are for sure," Gibson said.
The news is sure to be received with excitement at both universities. Butch Jones and Urban Meyer have each invested significant time into the pursuit of this promising playmaker.
Gibson's spring break journey included a detour to Knoxville. He visited the Volunteers after already making stops at Auburn, LSU, Clemson and Oklahoma.
It's fair to say Gibson was welcomed on campus with open arms:
Tennessee has quickly become a favorite for recruits since Jones took over the program. Despite a lackluster first season at the helm, he assembled one of the country's top 2014 classes.
A haul of more than 30 prospects is expected to go a long way toward changing the Volunteers' culture. However, the class didn't include a quarterback, so it's imperative for Tennessee to secure a top talent at the position by the end of this cycle.
Gibson certainly fits the bill.
The 6'4", 200-pound Fort Lauderdale phenom led American Heritage High School to a state title in 2013. His versatile skill set was on display throughout an impressive individual campaign.
He threw for 1,789 yards and 19 touchdowns. Gibson regularly flashed his abilities as a runner, gaining 1,063 yards and 10 scores on the ground.
His efforts have drawn an array of offers and accolades.
Rated the nation's No.1 dual-threat quarterback in 247Sports rankings, Gibson also visited Florida last week. Wisconsin, Virginia Tech and Ole Miss are among teams that extended offers earlier this year.
He hit it off with Jones during his time in Knoxville, leaving him with a desire to see more of the university.
“(Jones) was just telling me how I’d fit in the offense...They’re just waiting on me,” Gibson told 247Sports reporter Ryan Callahan. “He told me I (could be) a key part of their offense and a key part of their ‘Dream Team.’"
Ohio State has been a part of the equation since the early stages of his recruitment. Meyer identified Gibson as a key target after his sophomore season and offered the playmaker last March.
The two-time national champion has an impressive track record with mobile quarterbacks. He developed eventual No. 1 NFL draft pick Alex Smith at Utah and coached Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow at Florida.
Braxton Miller, who currently starts for the Buckeyes, rushed for more than 2,300 yards during his first two seasons under Meyer's tutelage. Gibson believes he'd fill a similar role if Ohio State is the eventual choice.
"I could envision taking the place of Braxton (Miller),” he told 247Sports.
Given Gibson's admiration for Meyer, it's no surprise he plans to visit Columbus.
"He's a great coach. Great coach to be around," Gibson told Miles Joseph of Land-Grant Holy Land. "What he did with the Gators is amazing. He has done the same thing with Ohio State and that's what makes him a great coach."
Gibson hears from several coaches on a constant basis, so there are plenty of other programs attempting to line up official visits. Expect Auburn, Oklahoma, Florida, LSU and Miami to emerge as possible destinations during the remainder of his recruitment.
Ohio State and Tennessee already appear to have their plans in place. It's a significant development that should bring a smile to the faces of Meyer and Jones.
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