2012 LB De La Torre getting major looks

Denton (TX) Ryan High linebacker Alex De La Torre is one of the top 2012 defensive prospects in the lone star state. He is already hearing from many of the nations top programs and is looking to build on his breakout sophomore season. Read the LonghornDigest update below for the inside scoop!

Denton (TX) Ryan High linebacker Alex De La Torre is one of the top 2012 defensive prospects in the state. The 6-foot-1, 225-pound defensive playmaker is coming off of a dominant sophomore season that now has college coaches all across the country showing interest.

De La Torre racked up a gaudy 156 tackles, nine sacks, two interceptions and two forced fumbles last year as a sophomore. He also earned First Team All-District honors as well as Second Team All-State. His efforts were more than enough to attract the attention of many of the top college programs in the nation.

"Right now I'm hearing from Texas, LSU, Baylor, Houston, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Northwestern, Iowa, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and a bunch of other schools," said De La Torre.

Although he currently holds no offers, the Denton linebacker feels that a couple of big-time programs could be close to pulling the trigger.

"My dad is best friends with the linebacker coach (Kerry Cooks) at Notre Dame, I think they might be one of the teams that might offer me. Also, Texas A&M coach (Dat) Nguyen has been talking to my dad a lot. They both played together for the Cowboys back in the day, so I feel like I hopefully might get an offer from them pretty soon."

De La Torre made his way to Austin earlier this summer to take part in the Longhorns football camp. Overall, he walked away impressed and had some positive things to say about his experience.

"I was working with a bunch of good linebackers from my class like Alexander Lyons and Derek David. There was a lot of competition and it was real fun. When Coach Muschamp is in there yelling at you to go faster and harder it's exciting and thrilling, everybody was on edge and running, it was pretty awesome. I think I messed up on my first one-on-one drill, but after that I think I had a pretty successful camp."

De La Torre has been high on the Longhorns since his visit, but four other teams are also currently high on his list.

"Right now Texas stands out along with LSU, Notre Dame, Iowa and Oklahoma."

Since he left the Longhorns summer camp, De La Torre has been focused on honing his game in anticipation of his upcoming junior season.

"I've been working on improving my instincts and how I read defenses, just kind of the overall mental part of the game. I also want to improve my overall speed and get down to a 4.5 forty, I run a 4.6 right now."

De La Torre wasn't happy with the way his sophomore campaign ended. His team was eliminated with a 28-25 loss in the state semi-finals to Guyer HS. He hopes to do better this season and has set some lofty goals for his team as well as for himself.

"We definitely have a chance to go to state this year. Getting about 13-14 tackles a game would be a good thing, and over 200 tackles for the season. That would be a great accomplishment. I'd also like to get 20 sacks on the year, that's another one of my goals."

De La Torre plans on attending the Texas/Oklahoma showdown in Dallas, along with possibly attending games at Notre Dame and Auburn. He plans on taking the SAT around September and is currently the number 10 ranked student in his class.

Stick with LonghornDigest for the latest on De La Torre's upcoming season and recruitment.

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