Scrimmage Notebook: Perry vs. Massillon

Last Saturday the Massillon Tigers and the Perry Panthers hooked up in the year's first scrimmage. There were many top Division-1 prospects in action, including Ohio State recruit DeVoe Torrence.'s Bill Greene was on hand and filed this report.

The Massillon Tigers and Perry Panthers squared off in a controlled scrimmage Saturday evening. It's hard to name a winner or loser with coaches on the field, so there will be no score posted.

Both teams looked good and I expect both to make return trips to the playoffs. Several individuals stood out and they will be listed in individual profiles.

Defensive end-fullback Steve Yoder, of Massillon, was as physically impressive player as any on the field. Yoder has great size at 6'5" and 275 pounds. Yoder has the ability to be a Big-10 recruit once he gets his grades in order. He stated he is close to qualifying with his GPA and he expects to take the ACT several times. Yoder projects as a defensive player in college. He has quick feet and an aggressive playing style.

Perry's Eric Magnacca was once again a dominant running back. Magnacca gained well over 100 yards against Massillon last year in a playoff loss and he picked up where he left off in the scrimmage. Magnacca scored 2 touchdowns and also looked good at cornerback. Magnacca ran a 4.44 forty-yard dash at the Pittsburgh combine and should be a Division-1 recruit. He is currently waiting on his first offer and is hearing from all of the MAC schools.

Massillon's K. J. Herring is another impressive running back. He will have to split carries with DeVoe Torrence, but Herring is a nice prospect. Herring is 6' 0" and 200 pounds and is a track sprint star for Massillon. He was injured last summer and couldn't participate in camps, but he's healthy now and should have a great senior season. Herring showed good burst and good vision in limited carries.

J. T. Turner might be the top prospect in Ohio's junior class. Massillon's Turner plays all over the field and impresses at every position. He was a star running back last year backing up All-Ohioan Brian Gamble. Turner will play wide receiver this year and will be special with the ball in his hands. Turner just might be a defensive back in college and shined at cornerback Saturday. He had an interception on an out route that looked like an NFL play. Turner closed on the football and packs a wallop when he gets there. Turner has great size and quick feet and will be a heavily recruited player. He already holds offers from Ball State and Toledo.

Massillon's DeVoe Torrence atoned for an earlier fumble by making the play of the night. He took a pitchout, broke two tackles, and out-sprinted the Perry defense on a 70 yards touchdown run. As a running back, Torrence showed great vision and the ability to make the first tackler miss. Often he made the second and third tackler's miss too. He is adjusting to the Will linebacker spot after playing the middle for the past three seasons. He showed quickness to the football and made solid tackles when he gets there. Torrence might have been the best football player in Ohio as a junior and will be a contender for Mr. Football honors this year.

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