The high-profile recruitment of Florida quarterback Torrance Gibson features several campus visits, plenty of speculation and a strong social media presence. He fueled the latter two on Monday, releasing a list of his top 15 collegiate options, in order of preference:
Providing further proof that college football recruiting has entered a new realm, Gibson has followed a number of top prospects who've decided to periodically update the public on their thought process. The latest glimpse certainly doesn't do much to trim things down, but it offers insight into how the top contenders stack up nine months shy of national signing day.
Gibson, a consensus 5-star talent, is rated No. 1 nationally among dual-threat quarterbacks in 247Sports' composite rankings. He's listed at No. 11 among all members of the 2015 class.
The 6'4", 200-pound Fort Lauderdale standout teamed up with 2014 Georgia signees Sony Michel (running back) and Isaiah McKenzie (wide receiver) to form a feared offensive attack at American Heritage High School last fall. He capped off his junior season with 316 total yards and three touchdowns in a 66-8 state championship victory over Clay High School, per MaxPreps.
Gibson consistently beat teams with both his legs and arm.
He passed for 1,789 yards and 19 touchdowns, averaging 21 yards per completion. His efforts on the ground were equally impressive, as Gibson gained nearly 10 yards per carry en route to 1,063 rushing yards and 10 scores.
College scholarships were already pouring in before Gibson embarked on his breakout campaign. He held offers from Notre Dame, Miami, Ohio State and Nebraska as a sophomore.
Florida State, North Carolina and West Virginia were among programs that joined the chase last summer. It's not surprising to see several of the teams that made early offers on his expansive list of top options.
When surveying the favorites, a strong SEC presence is apparent.
Auburn, LSU, Tennessee and Florida were each recipients of campus visits during a whirlwind spring break road trip that also included stops at Clemson and Oklahoma. Those squads impressed enough to land among his top 15, although the Gators look like a long shot based on their place in the order.
Tennessee is set to host Gibson for an official visit this fall, so the team's spot among Gibson's favorites was seemingly secure. The same can be said for Ohio State.
Last month, he told 247Sports reporter Bill Kurelic (subscription required) the Volunteers and Buckeyes are both on his list of future destinations.
“Ohio State and Tennessee, those two official visits are for sure," Gibson said.
Based on his program pecking order, it appears LSU, Clemson and Auburn could also be on track to line up official visits with Gibson.
This nationwide recruiting race is far from finished—the fact that at least 15 teams remain in the mix provides confirmation of that. However, programs listed near the top of Gibson's hierarchy now have a strong indication of where they stand and what may be required moving forward.
Recruit information and statistics courtesy of 247Sports unless otherwise noted.
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