"It's always been his dream to be at the University of Texas. We have always watched Texas," said De La Torre's father, who is an assistant coach at Denton Ryan. "Of course our first love is Stephen F. Austin because it's my alma mater and I played there, but we have always followed Texas. We have always been Longhorns; it's the flagship college of the state."
Torre is the second known Longhorn commitment in the 2012 class, paving the way for a weekend that should see many more.
De La Torre played a huge role in Denton Ryan's 15-1 season. The linebacker had 130 tackles, 25 tackles for loss, five sacks, one forced fumble, and two pass breakups.
The De La Torres took a different approach in the three-star linebacker's recruitment, not publicly announcing his offer sheet.
"He's got a lot of offers, but we have never went public with them, because we are trying to be humble with the whole thing. We felt like in the recruiting game the first thing a coach or reporter would say is "who has offered?" said Aaron De La Torre.
"The one offer that mattered to him is the one offer that he got today."