ou-twitter-avatar1 Open Post (Torrance Gibson Visit Confirmed) | Monday, March 17th (Updated 9:10 am)

- First of all, for those of you on spring break we hope you’re having a wonderful and safe time!

- A couple quick offensive notes from last Thursdays practice that we’ve heard from our sources. Firstly, we heard Blake Bell looked pretty darn good on Thursday. Obviously its a new position for him so there is going to be an adjustment period, but Blake seems to have the tools to progress at the position. He certainly seems to have the heart and the toughness for it. Also, the offense had a really good day in general. They were able to move the ball well both in the air and on the ground.

- For all the tough talk coming out of the “new” Texas after the hiring of Charlie Strong, you might find it noteworthy (I certainly did) that the Horns haven’t even started spring practice yet. In fact, their first day of full pads isn’t until next Saturday. We’ve got some connections to Texas, so we can probably get a report from their practice. I’ll definitely be curious to hear how they are running things under Coach Strong.

- A couple things I want to address that were raised by Zack in the comments section of our last open post. He asked where recent OU offer Ykili Ross prefers to play, CB or WR (since he plays both). I’ve spoken to Ykili’s father about this at length, and he feels (as do I) that Ykili can excel at both. However, we’ve also discussed the fact that for a 6’1″ corner, that is as flexible as he is, his ceiling might be higher as a CB.

He is open to playing both and Oklahoma has told him he can play both/either, but my guess is that by the end of the recruiting process Ykili and his father will feel stronger about the CB position. I know coach Kerry Cooks at Notre Dame is currently looking at him as a CB, as are a number of other programs.

- Zack also asked if there were any updates on Dahu Green and whether he’s had any contact with Oklahoma. I know Dahu and his mother pretty well and while they both like the Sooners, OU’s window to get into the recruiting process with Dahu won’t stay open forever. Dahu is not originally from Oklahoma. His mother likes OU because she associates the school with the state, and she feels like the state of Oklahoma really gave Dahu an opportunity to shine in football. An opportunity she felt he wasn’t afforded in California.

However, Dahu is not the type of person that pines over a particular school. He has received a number of offers from around the country including Louisville, Kentucky, Indiana, Wake Forest, among others. I’ve heard from our sources at LSU that the WR coach there REALLY likes Dahu. I’ve also heard that Arizona is high on him as well. Arizona State is interested as well, but they are going to continue evaluating him. From my sources connected to OU, I’ve been told that the coaches like him but they took so many big WRs last year that the focus right now is on recruiting slot WRs (guys like Ryan Newsome).

Maybe things change in the coming weeks/months, but that’s where things stand with OU and Green at the moment.

- I spoke to recent OU FB offer Chandler Cox over the weekend and found out some interesting news. Chandler is the star FB out of the same high school as the Sooners’ Ty Darlington, Apopka (FL). Cox reiterated the fact that he plans on taking an unofficial visit to Oklahoma. However, it appears that Cox and star offensive tackle (and OU offer) Martez Ivey are also really good friends. In fact, they both want to play together at the next level. As such, Cox told me that Martez’s interest in Oklahoma is high and he too wants to make a trip out to Norman on an unofficial visit with Chandler.

- Speaking of unofficial visits, I spoke to a friend of mine who coaches at American Heritage — which is where Torrance Gibson plays football — and he said that there are definitely plans in the works for Torrance to take his first out-of-state unofficial visit to Oklahoma. The plans are not quite finalized, so it’s not 100% as of yet but the intention is definitely there. I suspect we will know more later this week.

- UPDATE (9:10 am): Just spoke to my friend who is on staff at American Heritage HS where star QB Torrance Gibson plays and he has confirmed that Torrance Gibson has booked his tickets and will be making his first out-of-state unofficial visit this year to Oklahoma!


  • Jordan Esco

    Now we’re gonna get OU AND Texas practice reports?

    Yes, please!

    • Sooner Ray

      Best I can tell, this is the only channel to throw down such in-depth reporting. Sounds like Texass is already afraid to get on the field.

      • hOUligan

        Heard Sally was dropping by with some left over cookies and banana bars.

        • Jordan Esco

          Zing!

    • BozemanSooner

      Would love some UT info. really any big 12 team. I could post it every day, but you guys do great work.

  • Ed Cotter

    Love the practice report info. Keep it coming! Thanks!

  • Zack

    Thanks for the updates on Ross and green. Hopefully they get a couple of those slot/smaller receivers so they can maybe offer Green.

  • Boomer4life

    This site is smooth like butter!!!! Hell of a job guy’s! Keep it up!

  • Jordan Esco
    • bjwalker82

      ummm looks like he has the wheels….:D

    • SoonerPhins

      Heck of an Athlete, but on a scale of 1-10 how good is his Arm? Some throws look nice, but others look wild. Thoughts? Maybe it just seems that way to me because he is a lefty?

      • J.K. Abbott

        I don’t know about scales but how many HS kids can sprint to their throwing arm side and flip their wrist and throw it 60 yards on a rope. This kid has plenty enough arm to play at OU.

        • J.K. Abbott

          This kid is big time. Love the turn back blocks he throws. Reminds me of Vince Young’s HS film.

      • cpearc00

        Arm strength is there. No question. He looks so natural both throwing and running. I, for one, would love to have him running the spread option at OU in a few years.

        • J.K. Abbott

          Amen brother. This kid is a difference maker.

      • J.K. Abbott

        For whatever its worth the pay sites have his arm strength as High, one had it 8 out of 10. His accuracy was rated low but he can sling it. Haven’t seen too many Jr.’s in HS that can sling it 60 plus yards.

      • pitbull17

        It’s not just because he’s a lefty, he can get a little long in his delivery which will cause some of the throws to be off the mark a little bit. He’s still a really good QB and he doesn’t do it all the time. You can tell he’s working on shortening up his motion.

        • pitbull17

          Dayum! This kid fits the mold of what OU is doing on offense to the letter. He’s an incredibly gifted athlete. Very fast and fluid, throwing motion can get a little long but most of the time it’s solid. At the 6:00 min mark in the video #22 looks like a Roy Finch clone!

          • Sooner Ray

            Was a resemblance there Pit, no doubt.

      • akbuc

        ESPN still has him listed as a WR/ATH. I’m pretty sure that he’s pretty new to being serious about the QB position. Watching those throws makes me forget about mechanics. He doesn’t just throw it 50 yards. He flicks it 50 yards. Not very many HS QB (even elite ones) can do that, throw the deep out on a rope, and put touch on the corner fade. That kid can do all of them. Get him and don’t mess with what works. That said, I don’t want to get my hopes too high. It’s going to be a challenge to get him out of SEC country. He’ll be getting lots of offers and take lots of visits. It’s always good to be the first, but we have a long way to go to get this kid.

    • pitbull17

      And this is part of the reason I love this site so much! After reading the post I was going to go find some tape on Gibson, but Jordan has already hooked us up! You guys are on top of things.

    • Andy Montella

      When exactly does he visit?

    • Sooner Ray

      Watched his film a while back and he is no doubt a tremendous athlete but his throwing concerns me a little. Personally, for the talent we currently have, I would prefer a thrower who can run a little as opposed to a runner who can throw a little. Just my opinion, hope he has the upside on his passing ability and we land a gem.

      • Zack

        You always want a guy that’s accurate but I’m all for having an athlete with all the intangibles and maybe not the most accurate but can really throw hard. 2 examples Vince young and tebow. Both have yet to have sustained success in the pros and probably never will with their lack of efficiency but college is a different game and they can get away with it. Tebow in college completed 67% and less than 50% in pros.

  • Indy_sooner

    Also worth noting that Ty’s dad, Rick, is the Apopka head coach. OU should be legit targets for Ivey and Chandler by their own right, but this helps.

  • Leroy Jenkins

    Didn’t know much about the OT Martez Ivey y’all mentioned along with the FB Cox. Found this highlight tape….oh my Lord. This guy is the real deal.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFw9uITKuus

    • SoonerPhins

      Serving up them pancakes

    • pitbull17

      I don’t know much about evaluating an offensive lineman but it doesn’t matter. That dude is a beast! He just kinda pushes and throws people where he wants them to be.

    • Sooner Ray

      I’m guessing he enjoys the outdoors Leroy because he knows too well how to hunt his prey.

    • Boomer4life

      Feels like I’m watching clips from the movie the Blind Side. This dude is sick!

    • KellyB

      As JY would say, he has some nasty in him

    • Zack

      I don’t go to scout very often but they have listed #1 right now in the class.

  • http://thefootballbrainiacs.com JrsySooner

    FREE NEWS from the internet
    Biggest note below, …….Regardless of where he chooses, his passing must improve by leaps and bounds if he is to succeed in college……
    No one better than Josh Hypel, just look at Trevor Knight, Landry Jones, Sam Bradford, Jason White what other coach out there can say they have put out Two Hesiman QB’s
    a should have been third in L jones, not to mention Josh was a runner up as well and Jason White/Sam Bradford could have won twice…….

    Sunday at the Miami Nike Football Training Camp was a mixed bag for Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) American Heritage five-star QB/athlete Torrance Gibson. He struggled throwing the football, and stood out among a very lacking quarterback field because of his build (6’4, 200), not his arm.
    Nonetheless, Gibson did earn an invite to Nike’s The Opening (a prestigious showcase in Oregon) as an athlete, with a chance to earn a spot at quarterback if he improves considerably between now and early July. He is one of only 20 Florida recruits to receive the honor at this point in the summer camp cycle.
    Gibson has not been working on playing quarterback all that much early on in 7-on-7 season, playing almost exclusively receiver, where he has made highlight catches and torched some of the best defensive backs in the state. It will be interesting to see how much quarterback he plays over the next several months.
    Despite the struggles as a passer and his seemingly effortless success at receiver in previous competitions, Gibson is determined to play quarterback in college, following in the footsteps of Cam Newton and Michael Vick. In fact, he is not even listening to schools that suggest playing receiver, or even having a receiver as a backup plan in case quarterback does’t work out.
    “It goes in one ear and out the other,” Gibson said.
    With his off-the-charts athleticism and build, and a very real option to switch to receiver in college, where he would likely be rated as one of the best in the country, Gibson realizes that picking a school that utilizes his athleticism to open up the passing game will be important for him to remain at QB.
    “Ohio State, Tennessee, Florida, Clemson, Oklahoma, a few others,” he said when asked which schools had the best plan to take advantage of his skills. All of those teams run some variation of the spread, and most incorporate a fair amount of spread option concepts.
    Regardless of where he chooses, his passing must improve by leaps and bounds if he is to succeed in college. Nike/Elite 11 QB coach Jordan Palmer pulled Gibson out of drills and focused on one specific point: rotation.
    “I worked with Jordan Palmer, and he taught me a lot about my throwing motion,” Gibson said. “I have to work on my shoulder rotation. Right now, I’m throwing with all arm, and you have to throw the ball with your core.”
    Palmer said that Gibson has a lot to work on, and that it will take time, but that becoming more rotational and less linear in his motion should help Gibson with his accuracy and consistency.
    For his part, Gibson, a state championship quarterback in 2013, seems willing to put in the work necessary to improve as a passer.
    Gibson is set to take a massive tour over spring break next week, tripping to Oklahoma, LSU, Ohio State, Tennessee, and maybe a few others, all in a loop.
    Many believe that Ohio State is Gibson’s top school. He declined to confirm that Saturday, but did say that Ohio State was “up there,” and that he’ll have a better idea of his schools after his visits. And even then, he is in no hurry to decide, preferring to focus on taking his time and choosing the right school.

    • J.K. Abbott

      Good. I hope other colleges fall off of him and he falls into OU’s lap.

      • Gary Robbins

        I have read where OU is in good shape for wr’s Dahu Green, Ryan Newsome, John Humphrey, Stanley Norman and probably others. I’m certain they would love to play with a qb like Torrance Gibson. I’m a trifecta type person( love the horse races). Trifecta from Apopka, Fl. (quarterback, fullback, offensive tackle). My question is have you or anyone (TFB) heard how many wr commits OU wants or will take in the 2015 class???

        • hOUligan

          Great news on Gibson. Obviously there must be a strong interest in OU. In good shape to get more speed at the slot to go with the size OU signed at WR last cycle. Would think they sign only 3, maybe 4, after that last group.

          • Gary Robbins

            Thanks. Lots of good options at wide receiver. Sort of like Ykili Ross and P.J. Mbanasor at cornerbacks. Both in the 6-1 to 6-2 range. It seems M. Stoops is trying to get the bigger cb’s who can play.

  • Doobie74OU

    I’m glad Gibson is coming to see what OU is all about on visit and I’m really excited about Ykili Ross, a 6’1 CB that can move, I can just see the Stoops brothers drooling right now! LOL!

  • Andy Montella

    Has Torrance Gibson seen how Ohio State uses their QB’s? He will be battered and bruised b4 his career was over if he went there.

  • http://twitter.com/mikeytyler08 @mikeytyler08

    Great news on Gibson, reminds me of a more mobile Teddy Bridgewater

  • soonerjunky

    Wow, He’s fast! I think he may be a run first QB, and being a lefty his motion is a little long. Almost a Tebow type, obviously not as bad as Tebow. He is without a doubt very talented and will probably be a better passing vince young.

  • Alexander

    Don’t need to watch video on Gibson. The fact that the OU staff offered him alone along with him being their top priority at the position tells me all I need to know

    • Jim

      He’s not their top priority. Gibson’s interview made that clear. He hasn’t heard from us in a while.

  • Alexander

    Admin, what are OU’s chances with Newsome? Who are the other slot targets we have offered who you really like that you feel have legitimate interest?

  • John

    Thanx again for the updates. Can’t get this kind of info on the paysites.

  • Sooner Ray

    Since texass spring coverage has been mentioned, anyone see that Strong kicked two Sr’s off the team? One full back who hadn’t done much and the projected starting strong safety. I’m sure it will be the same company line “they weren’t texass good anyway”.

    • Zack

      He cleans house better than kingsbury.

      • Sooner Ray

        kingsbury only runs off qb’s LOL.

        • EasTex

          That’s funny right there…
          Have you seen the Cleveland Browns video tribute to Weeden?
          http://youtu.be/T8SsCqpa-Lk

          • Sooner Ray

            That’s good stuff right there Tex! I think he almost had more int’s than games played. Now he’s a problem for Dallas.

          • EasTex

            I was amazed he was picked so high.
            I don’t do the NFL, but find the Cleveland fans reaction to his release funny.

    • JJ

      Yeah I saw… Not real sure what the deal was though. But they spouted off some crap about getting tough with em…

    • EasTex
  • JJ

    What a read for Monday of spring break! I was anticipating a sloooow week!

  • Jim

    I don’t want to be the party pooper here, but the interview I saw yesterday didn’t paint a pretty picture. He seems to really like tOSU, and he outrightly said that he hasn’t heard from OU in a while. He wants to come here, so the coaches can meet him, see his face (his words), and get to know him. Gibson seems geniunely interested in OU, but you could kind of hear the disappointment in his voice when saying he hadn’t heard from OU in a while.

    Hopefully yesterday went well, but it sounded like JH and Co. may have gone another direction (just my 2 cents). Typically our top-priority guys hear from the coaches almost everyday, if not everyday. Clearly Gibson has not.

    • SoonerPhins

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_bng3I8jaw
      Was this the interview? I still think OU could get in the mix if they Wow him on his visit.

      • Jim

        Yes.

      • Shelby is a Patriot

        Seems like a really good guy, always a good thing to see in a QB, instead of a dbag like Manziel.

    • Jordan Esco

      I think this weekend could go a LONG way towards making up whatever ground you/others feel OU needs to make up.

      That said, thru talking w/ Super K off-line I would definitely agree there are some things the OU coaches could be doing better w/ respect to their recruitment of Gibson. I have very little doubt they’ll remedy these issues mind you, but as things stand today they do exist.

      • Gary Robbins

        A quick question. Does a def. cord. have to plan any different in regards to left tackle/right tackle and other line-ups when you have a left handed quarterback?. Like Torrance Gibson.

      • Jim

        He’s visiting like 5 or 6 schools during his spring break, so I’m under the assumption yesterday was our only day visiting with him. Am I wrong?

        • Jordan Esco

          First, he hasn’t visited yet. He’ll be in this weekend.

          Second, IMO he is definitely their guy, at least for now. I think it’s Gibson and then ‘everybody else’ as it stands today. Now, that could easily change after this weekend if the coaches get a feel they’re not in as strong a position as they might feel they are today.

          • Jim

            Thanks! For some reason I thought he was here yesterday.
            Well (scratching head)…if he’s definitely their guy, why have they not remained in better contact?? That doesn’t make sense considering how badly lazy recruiting killed us a couple of years ago.

          • Jordan Esco

            It’s somewhat hard to articulate, but OU’s staff is somewhat wary w/ Florida kids, at times. Understand this isn’t a general blanket statement that applies to all, but it’s pretty common for them to ‘play the field’ if you will. So OU has to weed out those that are actually interested vs. those that are “playing the game” and maybe trying to drum up interest by, say maybe using OU do potentially get them other offers.

            I think that’s part of what they hope to accomplish this weekend w/ Gibson in town.

            If they get a good feel for where they stand, then I think you’ll see them ramp up their contact/recruitment of him. If they don’t, then I think you could see another couple QB offers go out. Which would be the most obvious indicator, IMO, as to where they’d think they stand following his visit this wknd.

  • Tulsa Terry

    Pipeline Florida is under construction. Let’s call it keystate FL-OK.