Canton South Standout Attends OSU Practice

Canton South junior Devon Torrence came down to Columbus on Tuesday and attended practice at Ohio State. Torrence discusses what he saw at OSU as well as other schools he is interested in. Click here for more.

Canton South junior Devon Torrence has been a regular at most Ohio State home games in 2005. On Tuesday, he attended practice at OSU and was impressed by what he saw.

"It was great being there and watching them work," said Torrence. "I was looking to see if I could match up physically with them and I think I can. There were pro scouts there, too."

Torrence, who attended summer camp at Ohio State, had a solid season and has established himself as one of the top rated juniors in Ohio. He is receiving attention from most of the top schools in the country. He visited Michigan for the Penn State game and is returning to Ann Arbor to watch the Ohio State game. This Saturday he'll be at South Bend to watch Notre Dame play Navy.

"Coach Tressel asked me if I was coming to the Northwestern game," said Torrence. "I told him that I was going to Notre Dame and he told me ‘Not if I keep you here.'

"Coach Tressel and I get along real well. I talk to (assistant coach Jim) Bollman a lot and I really like (assistant coach Paul) Haynes. He sent me a workout tape and he asked me if I was working on the stuff we talked about. After practice, they asked me to stay and watch film with the defensive backs. I loved doing that and watching how they went through practice."

Torrence has become friends with Ohio State recruit Chris Wells of Akron Garfield. They worked out together last summer under the direction of Butch Reynolds, now the Buckeye speed coach.

"I need to get in touch with Chris so we can start working out again," said Torrence. "We'll probably get together somewhere in Akron. I'm working on my speed mainly. I'm going to run indoor track and I hope to hook up with Coach (Ted) Ginn of Cleveland Glenville."

Torrence is also one of the top baseball prospects in the state and was able to spend some time with Buckeye head coach Bob Todd.

"Coach Todd seemed like a real nice guy," said Torrence. "It was good to finally meet him. He said if I come to Ohio State that we'd work something out so I could play both sports. I would love to play both."

Torrence said it's no secret that Ohio State is his favorite school at this time.

"It was great meeting all the players," said Torrence. "They all treated me so good. I'm just waiting to become one of them."

Torrence is a highly skilled player who could play a number of positions at the next level. He stars at running back and defensive back at Canton South but also excels at wide receiver and is a devastating kick returner.

As a junior, Torrence helped Canton South post a 5-5 record. He tallied 14 touchdowns, including nine rushing. He had 639 yards on 124 carries for the year. In his team's season finale – a 28-12 win over Carrollton – Torrence had a 31-yard TD run and a 7-yard interception return for a score.

And, he's also not the only Torrence on the recruiting radar. Younger brother Devoe had a great season as a sophomore linebacker and appears to have just as bright a future as Devon.


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