Torrance Gibson is a four-star incoming freshman for the Ohio State Buckeyes and he entered the season as a quarterback. Early on during practices this season, Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes’ coaching staff has had him follow in Braxton Miller’s footsteps by working out at wide receiver.
He certainly has the body for the position, but he also has a lot of talent at the quarterback position.
While Gibson has the potential to be a future starting quarterback, it is obvious that the Buckeyes are set with sophomore quarterback J.T. Barrett and junior Cardale Jones. Giving those two quarterbacks more weapons to work with appears to be the number one goal and converting high caliber athletes to wide receiver is one way to do just that.
Standing at 6-foot-4 and weighing in at 205 pounds, there is no question that Gibson has the physique to become a wide receiver. Making a position switch this late into a players career is never easy, but Miller has made it seem fairly easy thus far.
Assuming Gibson lets the coaching staff mold him into the player they want him to be, it should be a smooth transition and he can get on-the-field and make an impact immediately.
It will be very interesting to see whether or not Gibson is reverted back to quarterback at any point in the future or if this position change is a permanent thing.
That being said, this switch will give Gibson the chance to get on-the-field and make a difference for the Buckeyes immediately rather than waiting behind two young quarterbacks. He is a fierce competitor, and this is the type of move that competitors are willing to make in order to win football games.
Meyer is continually building his legacy as one of the best head coaches in recent college football history, and having success with this type of position switch will certainly be remembered as he appears ready to do it more often.
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