Meet The Next Torrence

Much has been said and written about Canton South's Devon Torrence, a DB/RB who has over two dozen scholarship offers -- including Ohio State -- and is one of the best overall athletes in the state. Devon won't be the last you hear from the Torrence family, however. Learn more about DeVoe, the younger brother of Devon.

Canton South junior linebacker DeVoe Torrence appears ready to have a tremendous season for the Wildcats in 2006. Torrence, who is 6-2 and weighs 210 pounds, led the Wildcats with over 100 tackles in eight games as a sophomore in 2005.

Torrence, whose older brother Devon has become a household name in Ohio football, is one of the top players in the class of 2008 according to Ohio High magazine's Duane Long.

"DeVoe Torrence is just a great athlete," said Long. "He is probably going to be a middle linebacker in college. He gets to the ball in a hurry and arrives in a bad mood. He'll be in my top 10 if he continues to show improvement academically. I'm hearing good things about him from the standpoint of maturity. There is no question about his football ability."

Canton South head coach Moe Daniska wouldn't argue with Long's evaluation. Daniska is in his first season at the helm but has been the defensive coordinator the past three seasons.

"DeVoe is really becoming a better player every day," said Daniska. "The sky is the limit for him, just as it is for his brother Devon. I'm expecting big things from him."

"DeVoe's strengths are his ability to run, first off," said Daniska. "He has great speed and really flies to the football. He can cover the field from sideline to sideline. He needs to work on his conditioning, as all young players do, and he needs to continue to work on reading his keys."

DeVoe Torrence talked about his strengths as a player and what he feels he needs to work on.

"I feel I'm a lot better player this year because my work ethic has gotten stronger," said Torrence. "I'm a lot faster and a lot smarter than I was last year. I need to work on jamming receivers coming off the line and I'm starting to understand the defense instead of just freelancing out there."

As DeVoe watched Devon accumulate over 25 college scholarship offers, he thought about the day he will be receiving attention from college recruiters. It has already begun.

"I'm hearing from Ohio State, Penn State, Illinois. Kentucky, Akron and a lot of other schools," said Torrence. "I like Ohio State a lot but I also follow Notre Dame, USC and Texas. I really don't get into the recruiting stuff as much as Devon did. My main focus is on putting myself in position to make plays on the football field and winning games."

So what does Devon Torrence think of his younger brother as a player?

"Oh man, he's so good and he's going to get better," said Devon Torrence. "DeVoe is so fundamentally sound and is always so focused. He gives 100 percent all the time and he gets kind of crazy on the field. He loves to hit people and make plays. I think he'll be the best player in Ohio next year."

This will be the last year the two brothers play together unless they end up at the same college. If it's up to Devon Torrence, that is exactly what will happen.

"Yes, we're planning on playing together," said Devon Torrence. "Our goal is to see both of us on the field with "D.Torrence" on the backs of our jerseys. It would be great to be out there on the same defense again."

Canton South will open their season next Thursday night at Dover in what should be a great game.

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