It's no secret that Urban Meyer needs supreme talent at the quarterback position for his offense to operate at its highest level.
At Bowling Green, Meyer had Josh Harris, who piled up 3,162 total yards and threw 19 touchdown passes while running for another 20 scores in 2002. At Utah, he had Alex Smith, who went on to become the No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 NFL draft. At Florida, he had Tim Tebow, who became the first-ever sophomore to win the Heisman Trophy. And, of course, at Ohio State, he has Braxton Miller, who is well on his way to shattering every school record.
Five-star quarterback Torrance Gibson has the opportunity to join that list.
According to Luke Stampini of 247Sports, Meyer told Gibson in January that he was at the top of Ohio State's recruiting wish list. And despite the recent commitment of Joe Burrows, the Buckeyes are still heavy contenders to land the Fort Lauderdale, Florida, product.
With Miller on the verge of his final season at Ohio State, Meyer is hoping to land a 5-star talent to replace him.
Here are three reasons why that will be Gibson.
He'll Be Blown Away When He Finally Visits Columbus
Gibson recently announced his final seven schools via Twitter, and the Buckeyes came in at No. 5 behind Tennessee, Auburn, LSU and Oklahoma.
Of those five schools, Ohio State is the only program yet to host Gibson for a visit.
According to Ari Wasserman of the Plain Dealer, Gibson said that the Buckeyes are ranked low because he hasn't been to Columbus yet. Wasserman spoke to Gibson shortly before he announced his final seven, when the Buckeyes ranked fourth on his list.
"I just haven't visited Ohio State yet, and that's why they are No. 4 on my list," Gibson said.
That will change this fall, as Gibson is planning to make the trip north for a game. When he does, expect Ohio State to shoot up his rankings.
Ohio State's Offense Is Perfectly Tailored to His Strengths
Unlike a few of the schools in Gibson's final seven, Meyer's offense is a perfect fit for the the 5-star prospect.
Ohio State's base running play is the zone read, which is triggered by a quarterback with the ability to run. Gibson, who is rated the No. 1 dual-threat signal-caller in this year's class, can execute the zone read to perfection.
The Buckeyes will be able to pitch to Gibson how lethal he would be in their offense. While schools such as Auburn and Tennessee have the same advantage, Ohio State has something that sets itself apart.
And that would be...
While the current recruiting rankings don't reflect this—Ohio State is sitting at No. 53 with its three-member class—Meyer is widely considered one of the best recruiters in the country. He has backed that up while in Columbus, signing three consecutive top-five classes.
That should pay off for the Buckeyes down the stretch of this year's recruiting season.
Ohio State is in tremendous shape to land 5-star running back Damien Harris. Meyer could work that angle with Gibson, painting a picture of the two blue-chip recruits forming what could be one of college football's most dominant backfields.
Meyer has an incredible ability to put a class together and get players to see his vision. If Meyer can work his magic here, that vision would be tremendous for both Ohio State and Gibson.
David Regimbal is the lead Ohio State football writer for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter: @davidreg412.
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