OSU and Baseball Lead for Devon Torrence

With six offers from major Division 1 colleges, and the attention of Major League Baseball, athlete Devon Torrence of Canton, Ohio South High School has options of which most people can only dream. As far as football is concerned, the four-star prospect lists the home state Buckeyes as the leader for his signature in February.

The options available for athlete Devon Torrence of Canton, Ohio South High School are seemingly those made up in Hollywood - a stage on the field of a major NCAA college football team, or the glitter and stardom of Major League Baseball. However, these choices are very real and available to the young Torrence, and the decision on which dream to pursue is quickly approaching. "I want to make a commitment to a college by the end of summer," Torrence told GoBlueWolverine.com on Wednesday. "It's looking pretty good for baseball though, it's going to depend on how much money they want to pay me."

Torrence said the New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates, Houston Astros, Boston Red Sox, and New York Mets are talking to him about spurning the gridiron for the diamond. "I'm a Yankee fan," he said.

On the football side, Torrence lists a top five of Ohio State, Notre Dame, Penn State, Texas, and Miami. "Ohio State is my leader," he said. "They are the home school. I liked the feel of Notre Dame when I went down there. I haven't visited Penn State yet but they are recruiting me very hard. USC finished No. 2 in the country and they have a good baseball team. Texas is the National Champs in football and baseball. I really liked the warm climate of Miami when I was there.

"At the end of summer I'll verbally commit to a college, then we'll see what happens with baseball."

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Torrence reports offers from Illinois, Minnesota, Indiana, Penn State, Kentucky, and several MAC schools. "Schools like Ohio State and Michigan tell me they are waiting for my ACT scores before they offer," he said. "I'm taking the test next week."

Baseball wasn't the first sport for Torrence. He said he began playing football at age nine, with baseball coming on to the scene at age 12. "I picked it right up," he said. "I can do everything - hit and field - I hit .600 this year."

Torrence said he was planning on attending a few of the spring football combines, but had yet to decide on which to visit. "I'm going to Ohio State next week for one of their spring practices," he said. "I also plan on visiting Michigan but haven't decided when."

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