Torrance Gibson may have left Ohio State, but he’s not leaving the state of Ohio.
Back in August, it was announced that Gibson had been suspended for the entire 2016 season, a suspension with which Urban Meyer didn’t agree. In December, even as Gibson signed with Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, the head coach left the door open for the wide receiver’s return.
That appears to have since been shut as Gibson tells ESPN.com that he has committed to Cincinnati and will play for new Bearcats head coach and former Buckeyes defensive coordinator Luke Fickell. Instead of MGCCC, though, Gibson is enrolled at Cincinnati State in pursuit of an associate’s degree that would allow him to play for UC in 2017.
“I’m confident about what is happening in the Queen City,” Gibson told the website. “I’m just ready to roll.”
A four-star 2015 recruit, Gibson was rated by 247Sports.com as the No. 12 player at any position in the state of Florida. Coming to OSU as a dual-threat quarterback, Gibson was moved to wide receiver. At least at first, Fickell will move Gibson back to quarterback.
Maybe the final chapter on Torrance Gibson‘s football book at Ohio State hasn’t yet been written?
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College sent out a tweet Wednesday announcing that Gibson has signed a Letter of Intent with the junior college program. Gibson subsequently claimed that the tweet was “false information” and that he was still considering other Div. 1 options if he couldn’t return to OSU; subsequent to that, the JUCO sent out an extensive press release with quotes welcoming Gibson to the program.
A day later, Urban Meyer indicated that a return could still possibly be in the cards.
“He came to see me, and I love Torrance,” the Buckeyes head coach said according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “Very unfortunate the whole situation. I don’t think there’s been anything finalized. I will assure you, as we always do, that we’ll do what’s in the best interest of the student-athlete. It’s very unfortunate.”
Back in August, it was announced that Gibson had been suspended for the entire 2016 season. Meyer raised some eyebrows at the time by very publicly disagreeing with the punishment, saying the suspension “was not from the athletic department or football [program]” but rather the university.
“I disagree with it,” the head coach added.
A four-star 2015 recruit, Gibson was rated by 247Sports.com as the No. 12 player at any position in the state of Florida. Coming to OSU as a dual-threat quarterback, Gibson was moved to wide receiver. The junior college he has signed with lists him as a quarterback; if he returns to OSU, it would likely be as a receiver.
Ohio State suspended wide receiver Torrance Gibson for the season, but the decision to ban the redshirt freshman didn’t come from coach Urban Meyer or the athletic department.
Meyer made that distinction known on Monday, via ESPN.com:
“It was not from the athletic department or football,” Meyer said during his weekly news conference Monday. “I disagree with it.”
Meyer didn’t provide any details on what transpired or what, if anything, could be done about it given his opposition to the discipline. Ohio State has not commented on the nature of the violation.
Gibson was suspended for a violation of Ohio State’s student code of conduct. He was previously suspended for a game during the 2015 season, a year in which he redshirted.