Where LSU and Miami Turn After 4-Star QB Torrance Gibson Commits to Ohio State

Tyler Donohue@@TDsTakeNational Recruiting AnalystNovember 3, 2014

Credit: 247Sports

The whirlwind recruitment of Florida quarterback Torrance Gibson reached its climax Monday afternoon when the American Heritage High School star committed to Ohio State. The Buckeyes add a dynamic athlete who commanded attention from a vast collection of collegiate programs:

The twists and turns of Gibson's decision-making process gave some fanbases hope while frustrating others. He initially seemed torn between Tennessee and Auburn, but neither team looked like a legitimate contender during the final stretch toward an announcement. 

Gibson, who helped lead American Heritage to a state title in 2013, has drawn interest at both quarterback and wide receiver but never wanted to abandon his high school position. 

"Ohio State is my clear leader," Gibson told Bleacher Report's Kynon Codrington earlier this season. "I like the offense they run, I really like everything. I know it's cold, but it's cold in the NFL, too. The most important thing is they want me at quarterback, not athlete."

Among a long list of teams left on the outside looking in, Miami and LSU were viewed as viable destinations during portions of the process. Both squads currently start true freshman quarterbacks but pursued Gibson, who is still three months away from signing his national letter of intent to Ohio State.

Miami, now 28-18 in four seasons under the direction of head coach Al Golden, has to be predominately pleased with the performance of first-year quarterback Brad Kaaya. The California product has quickly made an impact since signing with the Hurricanes as a 4-star recruit. 

Kaaya is completing 62 percent of his pass attempts for 20 touchdowns and nine interceptions this season. His evolution indicates the Hurricanes have found a long-term answer at the position. 

However, there's always a forward focus in college recruiting departments. Miami holds a pledge from 4-star Tampa quarterback Dwayne Lawson and already landed Jack Allison, a top-10 passer in the 2016 class.

QB Jack Allison is a key piece of Miami's 2016 class.
QB Jack Allison is a key piece of Miami's 2016 class.Credit: 247Sports

In short, although Miami missed out on a top-tier athlete with compelling potential at quarterback, Golden and his staff have managed to assemble an impressive stockpile of young prospects. 

LSU is in a similar situation.

Brandon Harris has been hot and cold during his first campaign in Baton Rouge. Head coach Les Miles remains hesitant to give him a long leash, limiting the freshman to 45 pass attempts as Anthony Jennings receives the bulk of snaps.

It remains to be seen if either Harris or Jennings is a solution at LSU. Gibson would've provided an intriguing addition to the equation, flashing arm strength that fits offensive coordinator Cam Cameron's vertical attack.

The Tigers already have 3-star Texas quarterback Justin McMillan in the fold but could be tempted to search elsewhere for a second option. LSU has been patient in extending scholarship offers to 2015 passers, so the plan of action could simply be to move on and wait for a possible change of heart from Gibson.

LSU could be the most likely landing spot if he opts to alter course.

Another reason why Tigers fans shouldn't be too concerned is the presence of Feleipe Franks, rated No. 1 nationally among 2016 dual-threat quarterbacks in 247Sports' composite rankings. He committed to LSU in June and could eventually be joined in the class by 5-star pro-style passer Shea Patterson, a Louisiana standout who has an older brother on the Tigers coaching staff.

Gibson undoubtedly rates among the rarest athletes of this recruiting cycle, but LSU and Miami seem to have enough pieces in place to confidently move forward after missing out on his commitment.

Recruit ratings courtesy of 247Sports.

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