Canton South junior Devon Torrence received his first scholarship offer yesterday from the University of Illinois. Head coach Ron Zook extended the offer to Torrence in person at the school.
Torrence, a member of the ONN/Ohio High All-Ohio team, plays running back and defensive back for the Wildcats.
"It was real exciting to get that first offer," said Torrence. " It really caught me by surprise as I never expected it. Illinois is really trying to make a mark in Stark County. They said they're going to recruit this area hard."
"Getting this offer means a lot," said Torrence. "It makes me want to work that much harder to show people they did the right thing."
Torrence, 6 1" and 190 pounds, has visited Ohio State, Michigan and Notre Dame this season for games. He has been invited to Notre Dame's junior day on January 14th. He has listed Ohio State as his leader since the end of his sophomore season. He will be at Ohio State's bowl practice this weekend.
"I'll be coming down to Ohio State on Friday and again on Sunday to watch practice," said Torrence. "I was at practice a few weeks ago and talked with the players and coaches. I love being down there with those guys."
Torrence is listed as one of the top players in the junior class by Duane Long, recruiting editor of Ohio High magazine. He currently carries a 3.0 grade point average and will take the ACT test in February.