Could new Esks receiver Torrance Gibson be the next Duron?

While it may look like just another run-of-the-mill off-season signing, the Edmonton Eskimo’s announcement that they’ve inked Torrance Gibson is anything but.

Gibson was a five-star recruit coming out of high school due to his off-the-charts athleticism: he was No. 16 on ESPN’s ranking of the top 300 players.

He committed to Ohio State but never saw the field and his college career devolved into a series of suspensions, strange decisions and general weirdness. Here’s a timeline of his stint at Ohio State, then some of the stuff that happened at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and here’s a general synopsis of the whole thing. Without a college program and just two years out of high school, he’s not eligible for the NFL Draft. So now he’s coming to the CFL.

His collegiate career path has led one Ohio State football writer to compare Gibson to another supremely talented player who struggled with the rigours of college life before finding success in the CFL: Saskatchewan Roughrider receiver Duron Carter.

Like Gibson, Carter committed to Ohio State, played 12 games as a true freshman but academic issues kept him out of the Rose Bowl and ultimately led to his departure from the team. He played the next season at Coffeyville Community College in Coffeyville, Kansas, transferred to Alabama (where he was declared academically ineligible) then transferred again to Floria Atlantic (where his petition to play was denied.)

Still, Carter has been a dynamic player in the CFL, where he’s been a two-time all-star including last season.

Could Gibson be another Carter in the making? The Eskimos are certainly hoping that, like Duron, he’ll take advantage of the on-field opportunities Canada has to offer.

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52 Comments on Could new Esks receiver Torrance Gibson be the next Duron?

  1. Muhahahaha // March 16, 2018 at 8:19 pm //

    As long as we are talking talent, great!

    But if he has the personality or drug tendencies of Carter… No thanks…

    • 3rd and 1 // March 17, 2018 at 7:55 am //

      Why? Because you don’t have a clue who Duron Carter is. Because of that your going to allow your ignorance to take over. Then add in some judgemental bigotry. Good for you. You must be one hell of a human being. Let me guess… your A OK with someone drinking beer but not if they smoke pot.

      • Paul Bomber // March 17, 2018 at 1:41 pm //

        Little harsh, no?
        I can, for example, see how some might find his antics a little over the top, disrespectful. Personally, I’ve enjoyed having the guy on the scene, but some of his comments have been pretty insulting to the CFL, and so I’ve kind of grown tired of him. I also could care less if he smokes pot, but he singed a contract where he promised he wouldn’t (like every cfl player), so while I get where you are coming from, I don’t think it’s totally outrageous to take a shot at Duron.

        • 3rd and 1 // March 17, 2018 at 8:45 pm //

          Not harsh at all. I’m tired of judegementsl people. Especially when they judge someone from what they read by the media. How dumb can you be.
          Tell me what Doron has said that is insulting to the CFL? That the CFL wasn’t fun until he came along? That’s not insulting. That’s having fun. People still have their shit in a knot over the Ottawa Head Coach Rick Campbell and Duran bumping chests on the field of play. I watched that game too. During belonged on the field. Campbell should have been behind the white line. If he was it never would have happened. You know I’m thinking you should tell me what Duron has ever said that was offending… other than the truth.

          • Paul Bomber // March 18, 2018 at 1:43 pm //

            Thought maybe you could dial back the attack a little, but see you’re more concerned with self righteous anger at the end of a key board while discounting any opinion (reasonable or ranting) that doesn’t line up with your own, so excuse me for not being willing to engage you further on this subject.

  2. Adam Stocker // March 16, 2018 at 8:29 pm //

    This immediately becomes one of the most interesting players to watch in training camp. I wonder if any other top high school recruits would consider playing in the CFL rather than go to college. Is the paycheck worth the risk?

    • The last one, that comes to mind, was Rashad Jeanty who signed with the Esks in 2002 as a 19 or 20 year old. He played for 4 years, then went to the NFL.

  3. BleedzGreen // March 16, 2018 at 8:30 pm //

    Maybe, maybe not, but using Duron in the title will get you some clicks… And likely some Carter/Rider hate.

  4. Scottsask // March 16, 2018 at 8:42 pm //

    Bingo

    • Paul Bomber // March 17, 2018 at 2:01 pm //

      hmmmm… interesting. There were a few things in the story actually making a link between the two players, but overall, I think I agree with you.

  5. Would be nice to see the Bombers actually sign and develop a wr for once… All the Western teams have cycled some good ones but for the Bombers.

    • Paul Bomber // March 17, 2018 at 4:20 pm //

      Matt Coates? I like him. Maybe not as tough as, but better hands than FiolaGadino. Not exactly Milt, but not bad.

  6. SupaFlea // March 16, 2018 at 9:22 pm //

    Uh…Carter wasn’t only let go for academics…it was Weed and doing Duron things on Duron’s time….it was more lifestyle then it was the books! Notice how author is leaving those things out here too!

    • This is false, and probably just a jealous lie rather than some kind of misunderstanding.
      espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/8181034/alabama-crimson-tide-wide-receiver-duron-carter-leaves-school

  7. Pennyrocker // March 16, 2018 at 9:32 pm //

    Roll up the joints and will have a good time. I just hope it is talent he goes after not the hey Mon.

  8. Edward Leslie // March 16, 2018 at 9:43 pm //

    Shperflea, are you sure about that? I only remember that Carter washed out at Ohio State and Alabama for academic reasons.
    Personally, I don’t know why football requires players to have to wait until they are 22 or 23 to start playing professionally, or why a good GPA is necessary to play ball. In the NHL, most still go through the junior hockey route, not College hockey.
    The Eskimos years ago signed underclassmen Mike Sellers and Rashad Jeanty when they were just 19 or 20 years old, and were years away from qualifying to play in the NFL. They went to have long careers in the CFL and NFL. The CFL should explore this kind of talent recruiting more.

  9. greenenvy? // March 16, 2018 at 9:45 pm //

    Talent only gets you so far. Quoting LeBron, “Talent is given, greatnessis earned”. Duron is going into season 5 & has yet to get to 1050 yards. In a league where a dozen or more receivers hit 1000 that’s not a measure of greatness. This guy’s bigger than Duron @ 6’5″ & 225 & nice to be 16 on that list but it don’t count for much. I will say this – Edmonton has a knack for finding great receivers so you never know. Don’t hold your breath though.

    • Lol! The Riders COMPLETELY own you, don’t they? They own your mind, and they own your life! How much time do you spend researching the Riders and posting about the Riders? lol! OWNED!

      Of course Carter played more than a trivial amount of DB last year as well, in case you’ve forgotten.
      youtube.com/watch?v=9bR8_Xvp5Zc

      And he played on a team with two other 1,000 yard receivers as well so the ball was shared a lot.

    • greenrider89 // March 17, 2018 at 12:28 am //

      Showing true colours, are we green (and gold)?

  10. “Floria Atlantic” haha love it

  11. Oooooooooooooh! A trouble maker. Just like Duron. C’mon, haters, where’s all your vitriol about a distraction, and he’s against what the CFL stands for, a trouble-maker, shouldn’t be allowed in Canada, yak,yak,yak………..

    • greenrider89 // March 17, 2018 at 12:24 am //

      Good comments, Puck Hog. I see lots of the vitriol on the Rider stories. Yet, when it comes to the Eskimos … not so bad at all. Funny, how naysayers change their tune when it’s their own team. Yeah, I think it happens with all organizations when it comes to a championship opportunity. Remember the old saying, “All’s fair in love and war,” except when it’s on the other side of the foot.

  12. A lot of guys in the NBA, NHL and a few in MLB play in the pros right out of HS. I would see no reason why the CFL simply can’t do the same thing for guys who do not or can’t play in a college program. They will make some $$$, sharpen their skills and get better in the CFL if they have the RIGHT STUFF like Jeanty and Sellers did years ago.

  13. Edward Leslie // March 16, 2018 at 11:43 pm //

    You’re right, Puck hog. Caught with marijuana; bumping into a coach and the ocassional temper tantrum. Not exactly a candidate for Public enemy number one! Just a high maintenance, highly talented player. If Saskatchewan gets tired of coddling him, the Eskimos would take him off their hands I’m sure.

  14. greenrider89 // March 17, 2018 at 12:18 am //

    C’mon Edward, let’s call a spade, a spade. I was reading your comments on the Riders signing all these troublesome players and spreading your vitriol on this. Now Edmonton signs a very questionable-character player, and all is good in Eskimo-land? So how does that work, Edward? Really? C’mon, keep it even, buddy.

  15. greenrider89 // March 17, 2018 at 12:30 am //

    Seems like the Riders get it from the south and the north.

  16. BigRedMachine // March 17, 2018 at 1:08 am //

    I see a lot of coaches meetings in his future…

  17. Edward Leslie // March 17, 2018 at 2:58 am //

    greenrider89:
    There’s a difference between a “troublesome player” and a “troubled player”. Torrance Gibson was suspended for a violation of school rules. That doesn’t necessarily mean that he was using drugs or was guilty of any kind of misconduct.
    He might have skipped too many classes or lied about his transcrripts to get admission into a prestigious school, like Ohio State.
    It’s worth noting that a very reputable NCAA Head Coach like Urban Meyer was angry that was suspended.
    I think the trouble there and at the Junior College he transferred to is related to poor grades.
    So the guy’s not Stephen Hawking (R.I.P.). That doesn’t make him a bad apple. He’s auditioning for a spot with the Eskimos, not as a contestant on “Jeopardy”.

    • I understand, Edward. But don’t forget Mr. Braithwaite that we discussed earlier. The signing of Tilleman by your Eskimos for his teenage abuse allegations in Saskatchewan. And also former GM Ed Hervey who had a nasty reputation (to my understanding) while in Edmonton. Wasn’t he the one that shunned the media at every opportunity for getting privy to the players, especially before gameday. Then the Eskimos signed Euclid Cummings and played him for the entire season last year when he was charged sexual abuse allegations. Why did the Eskimos (as discussed) play him the entire season then release an all-star who had an outstanding season? Circumstances? Then why did Hervey sign him “once again” when he was released by the Eskimos? Investigation coming soon, I can assure you from Ambrosie and Co. Now, the Lions and Hervey have yoke all over their faces for such a dumb (rather, stupid) move. Funny, isn’t it. I’m laughing, too. Politely forget coach Jason Maas lying to the CFL about headphone problems when TSN was giving CFL fans an inside environment with players, coaches on sidelines. Hmmm, another “small” happening in the City of Champions. I think sometimes it’s called, the edge, or whatever it takes to win. But in brief, you and I are not rookies. You’ve been around the block like I. Yes, the green and white have had their fair share of stupid moves. But so has every other team. Shallow? Greed? All of the above for all of the CFL organizations. Until we have a stronger operation by the CFL to alleviate these situations from occurring (hopefully Ambrosie’s the answer), we’re going to have more yoke on our faces. And don’t forget the rip of the year, when the Ti-Cats signed Art Briles to be the team’s offensive co-ordinator. The CFL and Ti-Cats were ridiculed by fans across the league, and Ti-Cat fans who were going to rip up their season tickets to have a former college coach who’s team was turned inside out with sexual allegations written all over it for continuing to play college ball. Didn’t the CFL have a lot of yoke on its face for that one? Funny it is, how the Roughriders get blamed from every CFL fan outside Saskatchewan for their doings, yet, the CFL and other teams (Edmonton) are scot-free from any wrongdoings. Funny how that is, Edward. Noticed a fan from CFL had a strong message the other day of fans ripping our team apart. But we are rising, Edward. Have a good day (as mine is just starting).

    • And one last thing, Edward, not to rub any yoke in your face, but didn’t Hervey play his entire career with the Eskimos as a player and coach, before his move to B.C. after his firing? Wonder if his conduct from past doings has anything to do with his firing in Edmonton? A lot of years spent in Edmonton, too.

  18. “Torrance Gibson Suspended After Female Tutor Alleged Harassment”
    thespun.com/big-ten/ohio-state-football-news/torrance-gibson-harassment

    This is way worse than anything Carter ever did, and yes, it is a character issue. BUT, there was no crime committed, no sexual assault charges or rape, and if the Eskimos interviewed him and are convinced that he’s taken responsibility for what he did, and grown up and changed his ways, then I don’t have a problem with them bringing him in. I’m in favour of second chances when warranted. He should have one strike against him, however, from the Eskimos’ and the league’s standpoint.

  19. Freelasagnahunter // March 17, 2018 at 10:26 am //

    League needs more immature self absorbed selfish pot heads.tt

  20. White Horse // March 17, 2018 at 11:24 am //

    Watch out for the Eskimos in 2018. Grey Cup 106 is there and the Smoes are very serious about playing at home. I rank them as #1 team to beat to start the season. Stamps 2nd, Argos 3rd and Bombers 4th. You read it here!

  21. Don’t know why these articles are written. Isn’t every player ever signed by a western team the greatest player to ever play the game. And don’t bother replying about east-west competitiveness…..East has won the cup the last two years….it isn’t how great your roster looks in March……it’s how well your team plays in November.

    • And if every team played like the Eastern teams do for the first 4 months of the season there probably would not be a CFL.

  22. This is a story of talent, a rough road and opportunity of redemption. Gibson has the talent and yet, the question is can he pull it all together?

    Some are comparing Torrance Gibson to Duron Carter in the redemption and talent department. However, Eskie fans hope that talent does not come with the same level of ego or at least it can be checked at the locker room door. In Edmonton the culture will not be accepting of an ego filled rookie. Just ask the highly talented Simoni Lawrence as a rookie who was one and done in Edmonton.

    Last year D’haquille “Duke” Williams overcame his anger, legal and NCAA suspension problems after punching two security guards, a bartender assistant and another unidentified patron of a bar in Auburn following the Tigers’ win over San Jose State in 2015. Williams was a pro and with the departure of Bowman has a massive opportunity to showcase his talent.

    Can Gibson follow the same steps of Williams, remain patient and show he can be a pro football player then take his shot when the opportunity present itself or will he show is immaturity? One thing is for certain he has the talent and Eskie fans will be cheering for him to work it all out.

    • I think those who are suggesting Carter has ego issues don’t really understand him. On Williams, he also broke his teammates jaw in that whole incident, and he’d been suspended by the team multiple times before that as well.
      al.com/auburnfootball/index.ssf/2017/03/xavier_dampeer_opens_up_about.html

      espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/13819237/auburn-tigers-dismisses-receiver-dhaquille-williams

  23. Take this // March 17, 2018 at 6:01 pm //

    Ahh! Poor misunderstood boy. Yeah, right. Anyone that yips all the time to get his name in print or on air has an ego problem. I think a lot of us understand him very well.

    • You might think you understand, because that’s what you see in the mirror everyday, but you don’t. Being hyperactive and looking for distraction, while at the same time being somewhat distracted, is not the same as having a huge ego.

  24. Edward Leslie // March 17, 2018 at 6:04 pm //

    Greenrider89: On the “Randy Ambrosie quick to deal with Euclid Cummings” article on 3DN, I stated that Ed Hervey should be investigated by the CFL. If its found that Hervey, who signed Cummings in both Edmonton and B.C., did know what Cummings did, he should have his contract as G.M. rescinded as well. I don’t mindlessly defend miscreants just because they happen to play, manage or coach with the Eskimos.

  25. Edward Leslie // March 17, 2018 at 6:16 pm //

    I don’t think that Cummings was actually released by Edmonton. He was a free agent, who signed in BC because “Straight outta Compton” Ed Hervey offered him more cash. Not the best decision by Hervey.
    Hopefully (for the B.C. media’s sake) It’ll be a kinder and gentller Hervey in B.C., because he was definitely a very toxic individual who offended many and turned many off of football in Edmonton. He sure didn’t follow ithe path of past Eskimos nice guys like Hugh Campbell, Ron Lancaster, Joe Faragalli and Tom Higgins!

  26. As a long time Eskimo fan I can say that I was proud of both Ed Hervey and Jason Maas. I could care less if they didn’t play the TSN shallow little game, although the Esks get media coverage, the train wreck that plays downtown gets the majority of the coverage even during summer months. As for Lancaster, ask anyone who played for him and they tell you he was the biggest jerk, I recently talked with a member of the Esks alumni about Ronnie (RIP) and he laughed and said don’t let that TV smile fool you, and my neighbor tells a great story of Higgins and a shouting match over the phone,lol. Bottom line is they won, and that’s what counts.

  27. Edward Leslie // March 17, 2018 at 7:07 pm //

    DB, with all due respect to a fellow Eskimos fan, I don’t know how you can say that you were proud of Ed Hervey and Jason Maas’s conduct during the Live mic fiasco on TSN.
    First of all, EVERY OTHER TEAM cooperated with TSN (who pays the bills in the CFL). Secondly, the Eskimos said they’d do it, even though Mike Reilly wasn’t crazy about doing it.
    Watching a petulant Jason Maas standing silently on the sidelines, while his O/C called the plays was embarrassing. He acted like a big baby and it became the focus of the game… not the game itself.
    Now, regarding the over exposure of the “trainwreck downtown”, we’re on the same page for sure. I agree with that comment 100%!

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  29. 3rd and 1 // March 18, 2018 at 1:08 pm //

    I’m still dumbfounded that some sports fans on here suggest that they know Duron Carter through his (yipping or yapping) words used by these sports fans to describe Duron’s out going personality.
    Come on man, how can you say you know somebody by the words of someone else. Are you not smart enough to know that writers purposely embellish in their articles to make them more interesting. Do you not realize that the Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton or Vancouver sports writer is purposely baiting you. Making you think that an out going verbally loud competing player is your enemy. By doing that they are drawing you into their story. As well as every story they write after they have convinced you he’s a bad person. When the truth couldn’t be anymore opposite. Whether you believe it or not Duron is an entertainer and a humanitarian. Carter has stepped up and donated numerous times with his own money, his own time (himself in person) or game day souvenirs. Most of you guys don’t see that or get to read that. WHY? Because the sportswriters in your areas have made Duron Carter a Villain in your eyes and they only want to write about Duron’s Loud comments or mistakes made or if he makes a great play or messes up on the field. The other stuff is too boring. Why would they want to give good guy points to the Green Teams Villian.
    I’m telling you here and now. He has never said a negative thing about any competing team or fans. He has spoken out about his treatment by individuals. Carter did get upset when a Bomber fan spat on him Labour Day 2016. Who wouldn’t get pissed off and say some crap about that. You would and so would I.
    If you can keep the idea in your mind that Duron is going to entertain you in the same fashion that Macho Man Randy Savage did. (RIP Randy) then you will understand him if you get all tied up in the Embellished BS your sports writers did. Then your going to be one of several thousand trained monkeys of your local sports writer.
    Always do your own research. Never make your mind up by what you read and think is the truth.

  30. Take this // March 19, 2018 at 4:22 pm //

    Why is it that you admit that Carter makes a lot of loud comments and mistakes but the rest of us judge him because of what we read about him? Yes, I read the articles about him but a lot of those articles actually flatter him, calling him very talented. I also hear his comments, hear them, not read them; and hear his taunting and bragging about how he is the best ever. So do the sports writers also write his tweets? His comments about how the CFL was boring before he came, do nothing to endear him. He is not the best ever; stats do not support that. He is not the best on his team, let alone best in the league. And sorry, but the CFL was entertaining long before Carter was even born and will continue to be entertaining long after him. I formed my opinion of him by watching him knock a coach down, by listening to him taunting and bragging, by being stupid enough to get caught with marijuana twice and just a lot of stupid comments coming from his mouth. You can’t blame the writers for that. A little humility from Carter would go a long way.

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