Ohio State Football: Is 4-Star QB Torrance Gibson Wavering on Commitment?

David Regimbal@davidreg412Featured ColumnistJanuary 19, 2015

Credit: 247 Sports

Torrance Gibson is one of the prized recruits in Ohio State's 2015 recruiting class, but after a weekend visit to Auburn and a trip to LSU on the horizon, he could be wavering on his commitment to Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes.

The 4-star prospect out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is rated the fifth-best dual-threat quarterback and the No. 75 recruit overall. He verbally pledged to Ohio State in November over offers from a host of SEC schools, highlighted by Auburn, LSU and Tennessee. 

In a recent self-written blog posted by USA Today, Gibson wrote that his mother wanted him to explore other options to ensure he was 100 percent comfortable with his decision. He wrote that Ohio State fans "shouldn't worry at all," but after his visit to Auburn, Buckeye nation has plenty to be worried about.

According to Justin Hokanson of 247Sports, Gibson had a blast on his trip to Auburn over the weekend.

"It changed things a lot," Gibson said of his visit, via Hokanson. "Coming here and seeing all the players, I've played with some of these guys that go to Auburn, I've played high school ball with them. It's great seeing them again."

While his former teammates made an impression, Tigers head coach Gus Malzahn put it all on the line. 

"I sat in Gus Malzahn's office and he told me I'm his guy," Gibson said, according to Wesley Sinor of AL.com. "He wants me to come in and get a fair opportunity at playing quarterback. That's what he told me, and I believe him."

Gibson is a big fan of the spread offense Malzahn runs, and he's very aware of the success the coach has had with previous quarterbacks.

"Look what he did with Cam Newton in one year and Nick Marshall in two," Gibson said, via Sinor. "Imagine what he could do with me in three."

Of course, Meyer is no slouch when it comes to developing quarterbacks. Proof of that unfolded this season, as the Buckeyes replaced not one, but two Heisman Trophy-candidate quarterbacks with backups who were ready to fill the void.

But that fact also hurts the Buckeyes, because their current quarterback depth chart isn't appealing to a potential newcomer. With Cardale Jones (redshirt junior) and J.T. Barrett (redshirt sophomore) returning—not to mention the unknown status of Braxton Miller—it's easy to see why Gibson would want to explore other options. As one of the nation's top recruits, it wouldn't be ideal to ride the bench for multiple years.

Will Torrance Gibson be Ohio State's next great quarterback?
Will Torrance Gibson be Ohio State's next great quarterback?Credit: 247 Sports

"That's pretty tough," Gibson said of Ohio State's quarterback situation, via Sinor. "I would have no problem redshirting, but sitting two or three years -- that's not what I have to do. I want to come in, get a fair opportunity to play quarterback."

Will that opportunity be given to him by one of his SEC suitors? Auburn's depth chart is wide open with the departure of Marshall, and LSU's quarterback situation is in flux after Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris struggled this season.

The Buckeyes will have to prove to Gibson that he's their future, and more importantly, that his future won't be three years in the making. 

Meyer will get that chance. Gibson told Sinor that Ohio State will be making an in-home visit soon. That's when the Buckeyes will get their chance to solidify his commitment.

But with the Auburn visit last weekend and a trip to LSU coming, will it be too late?

All recruiting information via 247Sports.

David Regimbal covers Ohio State football for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter @davidreg412

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