Introducing the 2006 Class: Ryan Torain

If playing high school football can be considered as an audition for a college scholarship, playing at a junior college is more of a last chance to achieve that goal. Thus, splitting playing time at the running back position, like Butler's Ryan Torain did, may make that goal a bit harder to accomplish. Nevertheless, talented players do shine no matter how long they're showcased in the limelight.

The 6-0 205 Ryan Torain claimed that the two-running back system he was part of at Butler, worked quite well for him when it was all said and done. "In high school I was ‘the man'," he said, "and in Butler I was in a system where I was splitting time. It was hard at first, but in the long run it was cool because it kept your legs fresh. I liked that. I was never a selfish player anyway, and I did whatever I could do for the team to win."

The tailback was part of one of the most successful junior college programs in the country. Therefore, Arizona State's defensive coordinator, who specializes in recruiting junior colleges in Kansas, spotted Torain early in the recruiting process. "Coach Bill Miller told me what a great place it (ASU) is to play football. He offered me a scholarship right away. I felt that he was a cool guy and straight forward."

Kansas, TCU, Iowa State, Purdue, and Louisville were some of the other schools that recruited him heavily along with the Sun Devils. However, TCU was the only other school aside from ASU that Torain paid a visit to. Ultimately, his trip to Tempe ranked higher than his one to Fort Worth. "The players were real friendly and they were there for each other," explained Torain. "Everyone at Arizona State informed me real well about the program, academics…it made me feel real good how they talked about how important it is for them that their players graduate."

Torain was listed as the No. 52 junior college player in the nation by SuperPrep. In his sophomore year at Butler he collected 795 yards (averaging 6.8 yards a carry) and 12 touchdowns, and did so while missing four games with an injury. His accomplishments earned him a second-team All-Jayhawk Conference selection. As a senior at Shawnee Mission Northwest High School he rushed for over 1,600 yards, and led the league in rushing, which awarded him first-team all-league and all-Class 6A tailback honors. "My speed, my agility and my hands are my strong points," he commented. "Understanding the game at this level and getting all the plays down are stuff that I need to work on."

The junior college transfer has been on campus since the beginning of June, and has been adapting quite well to his new surroundings. "It's real hot, but everything is OK as long as you stay in the air condition," he said laughing. "I've just been lifting weights, going to school; hanging out with the players…it's the summer so things aren't too crazy right now." Torain's two roommates are fellow junior college transfers Garrett Judah and Martin Tevaseu.

Aside from Keegan Herring, the Sun Devils probably don't have another tailback with a significant track record of success. Any junior college transfer is expected to pay dividends right out of the gate, and Ryan Torain is definitely in the mindset of making an early impact. "I have to have a good camp," he said. "If I'm gonna have a good season, it all starts in camp. I just have to come in confident, get the plays down. If I do all that I'll be all right and contribute my first year."

Recruit Profile

Name

Ryan Torain

High School/Junior College

Shawnee Mission Northwest (Kan.)/Butler (Kan.) Community College

Position

TB

Height

6-0

Weight

205

Date of birth

08/05/86

Birthplace

Topeka, Kansas

Nickname

"People just called me RT"

Favorite TV show

" The Wayans Brothers"

Favorite movie

"Don't have one"

Favorite singer/band

"T.I."

Favorite food

"Steak"

Favorite drink

"Fruit Punch"

Favorite athlete

"Michael Jordan"

Favorite pro team

"Miami Heat"

Person you most admire

"My mom. She's a hard worker."

First football memory

"I scored my first touchdown when I was in sixth grade."

One thing most people don't know about me

"I really don't of anything that people don't already know about me."

Why did you choose ASU?

"The coaching style, academics and the teammates."

Where do you want to be in ten years?

"I'm majoring in business, so I would like to work in that field."

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