An exciting day began as a somber one for Torrance Gibson at Plantation American Heritage on Monday.
About an hour before announcing his commitment to Ohio State, Gibson accepted his U.S. Army All-American Bowl invitation alongside teammate Tarvarus McFadden and thanked many in attendance for their support along the way, including his mother Joann Seymour and a Heritage staffer who “saved his life” by allowing him to attend the school.
Gibson -- the youngest of six children -- stayed composed thanking his single parent, who currently works at Heritage as a teaching assistant, for helping him endure a trying senior year, which has included three Heritage losses this season and the biggest decision of Gibson’s life hanging overhead.
When Gibson moved away from the podium to hug Seymour afterwards, the tears started to flow for both mother and son.
“Just being a single parent with six kids,” Gibson said afterwards, “I’m the last one.
“That’s why I wear No. 6. I’m the last one.
“This moment was a very special moment. I’ll never forget this moment and this day.
“She’s been working so hard at this school. Sometimes I just cry myself to sleep. I just go in my room, and I look the door. And I just want to be alone. And I just think about her and all that she has done for me. It hurts sometimes because you don’t have that father figure in your life, and it hurts seeing my mom like that.”
After the tears, Gibson’s mother was all smiles especially during her son’s announcement to play for Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes.
“To see my baby boy growing into a young man right now,” Seymour said. “That was kind of emotional for me.”
Gibson and McFadden, a five-star cornerback who committed to Florida State on Friday will play alongside each other for the last time in one of the most prestigious high school all-star football games in the country, held in San Antonio on Jan. 3, 2015. Last year, Heritage star running back Sony Michel played in the game.
Torrance Gibson and his mother in Ohio State colors after his Army All-American jersey presentation today. pic.twitter.com/u0IQRJ56x2— Safid Deen (@Safid_Deen) November 3, 2014