Butler Duo Enjoys Arizona State Trip

Butler County (Kan.) Community College is enjoying a 9-1 season, and a big part of that success are offensive lineman Sherrone Moore and running back Ryan Torain. Both players tripped to Tempe this past weekend, and talked to DevilsDigest about their official visit to Sun Devil country.

"The visit went really well," said the 6-5 305 Sherrone Moore. "I liked the atmosphere, how it was different than Kansas, the weather was pretty nice, the players and coaches were upfront about everything. They are real serious about their academics and they show that on their jerseys (i.e. the Scholar Baller program) and I like that."

Moore stated that Arizona State has been recruiting him since the spring, and that defensive coordinator Bill Miller has been the recruiting coach for him and Torain. "I improved a lot on my overall skills," Moore said as he self-assessed his attributes. "I'm very good at run blocking and pass blocking, but I can do better in zone blocking. I'm being recruited as left tackle. I only gave up two sacks all season, but I wish it was zero. My role models in the NFL are players like Jonathan Ogden and Willie Roaf."

Oklahoma is the only other school that Moore has visited, and he reaffirmed on Sunday night that the Sooners and the Devils are his co-leaders right now. Nevertheless, he's not ruling out visits to other schools. "I might visit South Carolina and Oklahoma State, I'm not sure yet." Moore also has an offer from Iowa State but didn't mention them as a potential destination for an official trip.

The offensive lineman will get his AA degree next month, and thus will be a mid-year transfer who plans to sign in December, and has three years to play two. "I'm not sure when I will make my decision," he commented. "When I decide on a school, I'm gonna look at which school has a good education, good people, and players that take care of each other."

Ryan Torain (pictured), the 6-1 210 Grizzlies running back, has been very productive in the 2005 campaign. In only eight games, the sophomore collected 739 yards and averaged 6.8 yards a carry, as well as amassing 11 touchdowns. "I can run the ball well but I can also catch it form the backfield," he said as he described his skills. "I'm a downhill runner who can make good cuts. My lower body is stronger than my upper body, so I have to improve on that. I'm a strong player, and ASU has a good strength program so I know I can get up to 220."

On the visit itself he said: "I really enjoyed myself on the trip. I liked how the team all hung out together, and they showed me a good time. I enjoyed watching their practice. I would say they're my leader right now." The Sun Devils would like to bolster their running back core and that factor didn't go unnoticed by the Butler sophomore. "That's a huge factor," he admitted. "They have a wide receiver playing running back and the other player is a freshman, so I know I would have a good chance to play right away. Whatever school I go to, I know I can come there and do big things. I'm also looking for a school that has good academics and I can get a good degree."

The fact that his teammate is also considering the maroon and gold, is another aspect that helps make ASU a favorable school. "I would love to have Sherrone to commit the same school I would. It would be cool to play on the same team with someone you know and kick it together."

Torain will only graduate in May, so his timetable for a decision is obviously more lax than Moore's, but just like his teammate he will have three to play two. "I'm considering Louisville, TCU, Purdue, and Kansas," he remarked. "ASU was my first visit and I haven't set up any more visits yet. My family supports me playing away from home, they just want me to go to the best situation. So it doesn't matter to me how far I play from Kansas. It be cool to play out of state, I never been outside of Kansas."

Torain added that he's likely not going to decide before the end of the year. He, Moore and rest of the Grizzlies will conclude their season in the Salt Lake City Bowl on December 3rd against Snow.

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