In the movie 'Miracle', USA Hockey coach Herb Brooks pumps up his team before playing the Soviets, in part by telling his players "You were born to be hockey players." De La Torre, it seems from watching him, was made to be a football player.
The term "throwback" is too often used, and it probably better describes linebacker mate Dalton Santos. But De La Torre definitely has some old school in his game. He's a gym rat who seems to diagnose every play correctly and who arrives angry at the scene. He plays with a chip on his shoulder, but he's never out of control, and actually sealed a huge game this year with an interception in the passing game. He's more fluid than people give him credit for, and can generate straight-lined speed when he locks on a target.
So what's the problem? Well, De La Torre has been pegged as a middle linebacker, which is fine except that his size (he's probably 6-foot 225) doesn't back that diagnosis up. And he doesn't have the frame to add weight and keep the athleticism he does have. De La Torre can be swallowed up by blocks at times now, so it's a concern.
At the same time, I think he's a definite take. For one, he'll be a monster special teamer, somebody who works hard in the gym and the weight room, and that can pay off. But even beyond that, he moves well enough that you can keep him out there on some passing situations. And he's rarely going to be out of place.
So there's a lot to like about De La Torre, and with him enrolling early, he'll have a chance to possibly grab the backup spot behind Steve Edmond.