Time is now for Torre

Learning under Justice Hansen was priceless for Keaton Torre, but he's ready to make his own mark.

Maybe the toughest thing to hear for a young recruit is to wait your turn. No matter how talented you are, it's difficult to be patient and wait for your shot.

It's the position Edmond (Okla.) Santa Fe quarterback Keaton Torre has been in during his first two years at the school. Already with gifted with so many strong quarterback traits, Torre had to sit on the sidelines.

Those are the breaks when the quarterback ahead of you is Oklahoma freshman Justice Hansen, a Scout 300 prospect for the Class of 2014.

Torre got his feet wet last season when Hansen went down with various injuries. He fared well in his six games, completing 65 percent of his passes for 1,297 yards with nine touchdowns and six interceptions.

The six interceptions have bugged Torre, who is ready to get back out there and show what he can do.

"I'm more confident than I was last year," Torre said. "I know what to expect in 6A football this time around. I'm a lot more excited."

And now it's his team. With Hansen in Norman, the waiting period is over. Having time to reflect on the experience, Torre said he realizes it might have been the best thing for him to play behind Hansen.

"I would have been the big guy on campus, and I'm not sure how that would have worked out," Torre said. "It was a great experience to be behind Justice. Even when he got hurt, he would point out little things that really helped me."

The spring has been a busy one for Torre, who is a part of an incredible Class of 2016 crop of quarterbacks in the state. He has already participated in two Elite 11 regional camps, one in Washington D.C., and last weekend at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Torre wasn't as pleased with how his second weekend showing went, but he said the wisdom he has learned from some of the best quarterback coaches in the country has been invaluable. As well as the competition.

"The competition is unreal in the Midwest compared to the east," Torre said. "When they say Texas is the best high school football in the country, it's a true statement."

Still with plenty of time to shine, the last few weeks have been kind to Torre as the three major in-state schools are all starting to show interest – Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Tulsa.

There had been signs with Tulsa and OSU before, but he said the letters from the Sooners have caught him completely off guard because he hadn't had any previous indication about their interest.

Included in that interest is a camp invitation to Norman next month. For Torre, this summer is simple. He's going to attend 10 camps and see how things progress from there.

"I have OU, OSU, Clemson, a bunch," Torre said. "My parents said you have to pick 10. I picked 10 with the ones who have shown the most interest."


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