Coach Spotlight: Torey Agee
"Torey's having a great year for us," said Blackmon. "He's a high character guy who's first class kid as well as a first class student. He's done really well starting for us at defensive end. With his play and leadership, Torey's a big reason for our success this season."
Agee chose Vanderbilt over Duke, Stanford, Western Kentucky (his first offer), Memphis, Southern Miss, and UAB.
"Recruiting for Torey picked up after his junior season," said Blackmon. "He had a good, solid year (in 2010). He possesses the ideal body type and speed for Division 1 football. Any player with his kind of potential and grades is going to receive a lot of attention, plus he has a good football pedigree. His father played at Auburn and won two Super Bowl rings in the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys."
Tommie Agee, Torey's father, was a seven year NFL veteran with the Seahawks, Chiefs, and Cowboys. He won his rings in '92 and '93. At Auburn he was primarily a blocking back for Brent Fullwood and Bo Jackson. He still makes his home in the Auburn-Opelika area where he's raised Torey.
"Torey built a strong relationship with Coach (Wesley) McGriff (at Vanderbilt)," Blackmon said. "He thinks the world of Coach Franklin and wants to be a part of what he's trying to accomplish there. A big factor for Torey was on the academic side where I think he's going to flourish. He's a 4.1 student here and very dedicated in the classroom. Also, with Vanderbilt, he said it was the place that felt most like home."
After six games for the Opelika Bulldogs, Agee has 27 tackles and four sacks. Vanderbilt is considering Agee at both defensive tackle and defensive end, but he comes off the edge for Coach Blackmon at Opelika.
"This year he's been much improved with his pass rush," said Blackmon. "He's always done well against the run. He has good speed in being able to track down the quarterback or rusher. I think his best 40 time is a shade under 4.8, a 4.77. Using his quickness is going to be something that will really benefit him him when he gets to the college level."
Blackmon said there has been "a bunch" of colleges express interest in Agee after the commitment but he is "firm" to Vanderbilt and is planning to visit in a couple of weeks.
In addition to being well-versed in football and academics, Agee also plays in Opelika's symphonic band on trombone. His team looks to become a contender this year in Alabama 6A football.
This week Opelika plays Northview, then go up against arch-rival Auburn. They're hoping to avenge last year's 19-14 loss to Auburn and end a three game losing streak to the neighboring school in the process. Agee wears No. 94 for the Bulldogs, or as their helmets say the "Dawgs."
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