Luke Fickell isn’t just snagging recruits from the Cincinnati area. He’s also pilfering his old post, as former Ohio State wide receiver Torrance Gibson has committed to becoming a Bearcat.
Gibson made the announcement via Twitter, first thanking Ohio State.
Thank you Buckeyenation! pic.twitter.com/1rRMT1kvye— Torrance Gibson VI (@quick_tg6) January 12, 2017
He got to the best part soon after.
Gibson is quite an addition for the Bearcats, as a he was a four-star recruit out of high school. A 6’4”, 205-pound native of Florida, Gibson was originally recruited as a dual-threat quarterback, but he was a wide receiver for the Buckeyes, redshirting as a freshman in 2015.
Gibson had a rocky run with OSU. He dealt with injuries as a freshman and those issues lingered into the summer. He also did not play in any games in 2016 for OSU as he was suspended for fall semester for a violation of the school’s code of conduct. It was reported earlier this week that he was not enrolled for spring semester.
Assuming Gibson has put his past issues behind him, he could be an excellent fit for UC’s offense, especially since it appears he will return to his original position of quarterback.
New offensive coordinator Mike Denbrock had the luxury of working with mobile quarterbacks during his time as OC at Notre Dame, with Everett Golson and DeShone Kizer lining up under center. Golson threw for 3,445 yards and 29 touchdowns and also rushed for eight scores in 2014 in Denbrock’s system. Kizer racked up 5,805 yards and 47 passing touchdowns, as well as 997 yards and 18 additional scores on the ground the last two seasons. With Hayden Moore and Ross Trail failing to really impress this past fall, Gibson could be in line for a real shot at the job once he becomes eligible.
Update: It appears he may be eligible sooner rather than later.
Apologies for the delay in story posting. To answer two questions: With his Cincy State degree, Gibson could be eligible this season. At QB.— Austin Ward (@AWardESPN) January 12, 2017