Tennessee, Auburn, LSU, Ohio State and Clemson sit atop the Top 15 list of possible college destinations for Plantation American Heritage quarterback/athlete Torrance Gibson – the most coveted high school football player in South Florida in the Class of 2015.
Heck, he’s one of the most coveted players in the country. After an hour and 25 minutes of posting his list via Twitter, it garnered more than 1,150 retweets and 1,170 favorites. Here’s the list and real-time updated count in case you’re wondering.
Top 15 list pic.twitter.com/3t6vruiAhG— Torrance Gibson (@quick_tg6) May 5, 2014
Gibson – rated a five-star prospected by Scout, ESPN and 247Sports – helped guide Heritage to a Class 5A state championship, with staggering numbers. The 6-5, 198-pounder completed 85 of 153 passes for 1,789 yards last season with 19 touchdowns and only three interceptions. He also gained 1,063 yards on the ground at 9.6 yards a clip and 10 touchdowns – while sharing the backfield with Georgia running back signee Sony Michel.
Tennessee may come as a surprise as the No. 1 school on the list, but Gibson does have his reasons.
“Coach Butch Jones, he has a great plan and a great direction he’s going in,” Gibson said. “The offense fits me – the spread attack offense, fast tempo to the ball. That’s my type of offense.
“And you can’t leave out the academics. That’s the No. 1 thing.”
As for Auburn, a very heavy favorite to land Gibson, offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee visited Gibson at his school on Monday.
“[Auburn has] a great facility, a great campus and a perfect offense for me,” Gibson said. “A lot of people compare me to Cam Newton with my body size and speed.”
Miami and Florida came in at No. 7 and No. 8, respectively, for Gibson – who said there’s an “85 percent” chance he goes to college outside of his home state.
As for the rest of the schools near the bottom of the list trying to land Gibson, all he wants from those teams is an honest attempt to keep courting him.
“Just stay in contact with me and touch base with me every now and then,” Gibson said about the schools towards the bottom of his choices. “When schools fade away, that’s when they start dropping.
“I’m going to talk about Miami, and Miami was high on my list. They were No. 1. And then they started fading away because they’re not staying in contact with me.”
Gibson has no definite plans on when he wants to cut his list down further, or release a list of schools he’d like to take official visits to, but Ohio State and Tennessee make the cut as of now.