He was a youth phenom with a bright future. Junior quarterback Torrance Gibson of Plantation’s American Heritage School starred at Bunche Park, a youth football organization in Miami Gardens that also produced future first round NFL draft pick, Teddy Bridgewater before his prep career. He was discovered by Heritage as a member of the Cooper City Cowboys Unlimited team in Broward County Florida and rocketed to fame during his participation in the 8th Grade Future Stars All-Star game leading his team to victory. During that performance he drew comparisons to Carolina Panther, Cam Newton.
“He was always big and fast,” says Chavis Wright who coached for the Cowboys for many years during Gibson’s tenure as a youth star at the park.
“Besides his notable skills, he had a very good football IQ. Off the charts for his age,” said Roger Boone, Gibson’s 8th grade youth football coach at Cooper City.
Talented, yes. But when he arrived at Heritage, he sat at number two on the quarterback depth chart for two years while playing wide out. Gibson says when he arrived, he dealt with maturity issues.
“I grew up a lot. As a young kid I was not disciplined, I was hard headed and I didn’t want to listen. I thought it was all about me. But since I came to American Heritage, I now know this is a team sport and a team game.”
Head coach Mike Rumph and assistant coach Mario Perez, Gibson says along with senior running back sensation Sony Michel were all contributors to his growth.
Years later, Gibson is among the top ranked quarterbacks for the 2015 recruiting cycle. It’s like it happened overnight.
“I thought I was going to be a ‘nothing’ because I was so hard headed and I didn’t want to listen to anybody. I thought it was all about Torrance Gibson. Now, I know it’s about the team.”
And his team is now riding his maturity to great success. At 9-1 and ranked No. 6 in the state of Florida by high school football authority, Max Preps, Gibson’s American Heritage Patriots are eyeing a state championship.
It started with a two hour long conversation with his mother, Joann Seymour.
“We were just talking about, ‘what you want to do in life, and what do you want to be?’ A that moment, it touched me. It’s not always about you.”
That happened heading into Gibson’s 9th grade year and it changed him forever.
The next major change for Gibson is his matriculation to college. Right now, he’s open and closely looking at several top programs including the University of Miami.
“I don’t have a top five. I’m enjoying the recruiting process and just taking it slow.”
Many Hurricane fans thought Gibson was ‘going to the University of Miami,’ after a recent tweet. Gibson says “I think people took it the wrong way, I didn’t mean to say I was going to Miami just taking a visit there. I didn’t commit yet.” Here are the tweets.
Going to the University of Miami
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