The unbridled potential. The nauseating misdirection. The flash of red.
It's not hard to imagine how lethal Torrance Gibson would be as the quarterback at Ohio State. That dream could put a smile on Urban Meyer's face as fast as it could haunt the nightmares of Big Ten coaches across the Midwest.
Just a few weeks ago, it seemed like a pipe dream.
The 5-star prospect out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, was high on Ohio State early in the process, but the Buckeyes slipped down his list this summer. Midway through June, Gibson told Ari Wasserman of The Plain Dealer that he wasn't planning on visiting Columbus because the coaching staff hadn't reached out in a while.
Meyer corrected that mistake quickly. The Buckeyes are now back in the hunt and have Gibson visiting during their biggest recruiting event of the year—Friday Night Lights.
Gibson's visit has recruiting expert Dave Biddle openly wondering whether Ohio State should be the new favorite. If he does decide to play for the Buckeyes, what would that look like?
Torrance Gibson Is a Quarterback, Not a Receiver
Gibson has the physical tools to be a dominant receiver. At 6'4" and 200 pounds, he's tall and strong enough to catch the ball in traffic and would be nearly impossible to defend in the red zone. With a 4.5 40-yard dash, he's fast enough to break away from a defense.
A number of schools have pitched that vision to Gibson throughout his recruitment. None of those programs are in his final seven.
"When [schools] recruit me as a receiver, I really don't pay attention," Gibson told Bleacher Report's Michael Felder. "I put them at the bottom."
Gibson is very vocal about his desire to play quarterback, and he has attended football camps such as The Opening to improve his craft.
Meyer is working hard to convince Gibson to join the Buckeyes and succeed Braxton Miller.
Envisioning Torrance Gibson at Ohio State
One reason it's easy to imagine Gibson in Columbus is because his skill set is similar to Miller's.
In a self-written blog published by USA Today, Gibson noted the similarities: "I know it would be a good fit for me because me and Braxton Miller are like the same people and the offense really fits me perfect."
That likeness is especially true in the run game. Gibson is elusive, specifically near the mesh point where he navigates through traffic almost effortlessly. When he hits the open field, though, his long stride and deceptive speed more closely resemble another former Ohio State quarterback—Terrelle Pryor.
Also like Miller, and even Pryor, Gibson struggles with his accuracy in the passing game. He's very careful with the ball—Gibson threw just three interceptions in 158 attempts his junior season—but he only completed 55.5 percent of his passes.
Accuracy issues can be corrected with the right work ethic, which Gibson has, and good coaching, which would be available to him at Ohio State. Miller overcame those hurdles in Columbus—he completed 63.5 percent of his passes as a junior, all the way up from a 54.1 completion percentage as a freshman.
Gibson has what it takes to mirror that improvement and torch Big Ten defenses like Miller has the last three seasons.
Is that his future? Will Gibson spurn SEC schools such as Tennessee and Auburn to head north?
In his blog post, Gibson wrote that the Volunteers lead in his recruitment, but he doesn't know if that will change after visiting Ohio State.
"A lot of people tell me that I should pick [Ohio State]. I just want to see how the vibe is when I go there," he wrote.
Buckeye fans everywhere are hoping the vibe is right so they don't have to imagine Gibson teaming up with Meyer. They'd just have to wait a little while to see it become a reality.
David Regimbal covers Ohio State football for Bleacher Report.
Follow him on Twitter @davidreg412.
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