Irish Impress Torrence

Running back Devoe Torrence from Canton South High School (Ohio) is going to be a good one. The only question will be where he lands. His brother Devon is headed to Ohio State next year, but Devoe says he will take a hard look at all his options before he makes a move.

Notre Dame will continue to recruit Ohio heavily for the next recruiting class. Devoe Torrence (6-foot-2, 215 pounds) has a brother headed to Ohio State, but Devoe made a trip to Notre Dame last weekend to check out what the Irish had to offer.

"I've been very interested in Notre Dame," Torrence replied when asked his interest in Notre Dame. "They've been sending me stuff for awhile and as soon as I got the invitation about junior day I decided to go.

"I wanted to go check everything out. I wanted to see what the college was like and how they run things down there. I like how they're strict with the academics. They look out for their players and get them to graduate. They're interested in the kids. It isn't all about football. They want them to graduate and they seem to have a handle on that there.

"I liked it a lot," he said. "It was very quite and very, very nice. I could see myself there."

Devoe is a playmaker with the ball in his hands. He plays on both sides of the ball in high school, but he'd like to stay at running back in college if he finds the right fit.

"Linebacker is hard to play, but running back is harder and I like that challenge. I like to have the ball in my hands," Torrence explained. "When we broke up into a meeting for our position, I went with the running backs.

"They really didn't talk to us individually, but they told the whole group that they would be taking three skill players They thought they'd probably take two wide receivers, so they would probably only take one running back."

Devoe is hearing from most of the top programs in the country. He currently holds scholarship offers from Akron, Ole Miss and Michigan State. Despite those offers, he has four schools that have edged toward the top of his list.

"Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State, Notre Dame are really my main schools, but my options are wide open." Torrence said. "Ohio State really hasn't been recruiting me for running back. They've told me that I'll probably be a fullback or linebacker for them. I really want to run the football, so I don't want to be a fullback.

"I'll probably go down to Ohio State's camp this summer. I know there are a lot of coaches that watch players there. I'm taking a trip to Michigan State's junior day February 3."

As a junior, Torrence had approximately 100 carries for over 900 yards and 17 touchdowns. He added 700 receiving yards and five touchdowns on offense. On defensive he had 130 tackles and five interceptions.


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