5 Reasons 5-Star QB Torrance Gibson Will Sign with Tennessee

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IMay 19, 2014

5 Reasons 5-Star QB Torrance Gibson Will Sign with Tennessee

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    Torrance Gibson is a 5-star quarterback from Florida who attends American Heritage High School. Although the dual-threat quarterback is raw, he has a ton of potential.

    Gibson, who is 6'4" and 200 pounds, is a lefty who shows good arm strength and streaky accuracy. He sees over the rush well, and he has the mobility to elude rushers in the pocket. Gibson distributes the football impressively, plus he can be dangerous as a runner.

    Among the Sunshine State native's top schools is Tennessee, per 247Sports. Here's a few reasons why the Volunteers will sign him next February. 

Tennessee Didn't Sign a Quarterback in 2014

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    Tennessee finished at No. 7 in the 2014 247Sports recruiting rankings. Head coach Butch Jones and his staff did an outstanding job of constructing a terrific class.

    However, they did not sign a quarterback. Gibson would come into Knoxville without a quarterback close to his age who could keep him from getting on the field.

    A chance to not have much competition close in age at Tennessee has to appeal to him. 

SEC Membership

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    Tennessee competes in the SEC, which is the closest thing to the NFL in college football. Like many recruits, Gibson would relish playing against top competition on a big stage every Saturday.

    Tennessee can provide him this, as the Volunteers belong to the SEC East division. Selling Gibson on helping Tennessee beat conference rivals such Florida, Alabama, Texas A&M and Auburn must be one of the Vols' top objectives.

Offensive Fit

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    Gibson is a mobile quarterback who has the ability to beat defenses with his arm and legs. Tennessee runs a multilayered offense that can easily incorporate spread-option concepts to exploit Gibson's arsenal of skills.

    The Volunteers have had more traditional pocket passers in recent years, so Gibson would bring a different element to the offense in Knoxville.

    It is also worth noting that Tennessee signed elite 4-star receiver Josh Malone in 2014.


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    Tennessee boasts one of the best infrastructures in the country. Players have access to great facilities, plus there is outstanding tradition that surrounds the program.

    Running through the "T" is a neat experience before home games, and fans follow the team with intense passion. The players on the squad seem to be buying into Jones' program, and the campus isn't shabby.

    Gibson told the following to Austin Price of VolQuest.com (subscription required) on May 5:

    "The players I fit in well with them and the campus is amazing."

Butch Jones

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    Head coach Butch Jones is an energetic and enthusiastic coach who can get people to buy whatever he's selling. Jones is trying to get Tennessee back on top through hard work and toughness.

    He appears to have made a good impression on Gibson, as the Vols' head coach is one of the main reasons why Tennessee is the 5-star passer's leader, per a report by Austin Price of VolQuest.com (subscription required).

    Gibson told the following to Price on May 5:

    Coach Jones is a cool coach. I can talk about anything and he knows I'm the truth. I don't tell anything but the truth. He's a cool guy on both the field and off. He really knows how to keep it real with me.

    Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns.
    All recruiting ratings and rankings are from 247Sports' Composite Rankings.
    Player evaluations are based on review of tape at Scout.comRivals and 247Sports.