Canton South senior Devon Torrence has verbally committed to play his college football at Ohio State. Torrence, who was offered a scholarship by Buckeye head coach Jim Tressel at senior camp in June, talked about his decision.
Torrence made it official following his team's 27-17 win over Canfield, which was ranked as the state's No. 1 team in Division II.
"I've known all along that I would be going to Ohio State," said Torrence, who is ranked as the state's No. 5 senior by Ohio High magazine. "I've been waiting for the right time and after our win over Canfield tonight, I'm ready to announce it to the entire state. I'm going to be a Buckeye."
When asked why he chose Ohio State, Torrence said it was an easy decision.
"It's home," said Torrence, who stars at running back and defensive back for South. "The chance to play for Jim Tressel is that much better. Coach Tressel is someone I'm looking forward to playing for. When I first met him I knew he was a special coach and a special person."
Torrence is also one of the top high school baseball players in the state and figures to have a chance at being drafted by professional baseball in next June's amateur draft.
"I plan on playing both sports at Ohio State," said Torrence. "The major league baseball scouts have told me it's not a question of if, but rather where I'll be drafted. I'll just have to wait and see how that turns out. Right now, I'm just thinking about football."
Torrence, who becomes OSU's eighth verbal commitment for 2007, will be attending the Buckeyes' home opener against Northern Illinois on Saturday. He also hinted that the Buckeyes might still have more recruiting to do in the Torrence household.
"My younger brother DeVoe will be at the game with me, " said Torrence. "He loves the Bucks as much as I do. I'll be working on him for next year. We want to see the day when we both take the field in Columbus with 'D. Torrence' on our jerseys."
DeVoe Torrence, a junior, is also one of the top players in Ohio and figures to be a heavily recruited player. With one Torrence in the fold, there is a good chance Tressel could be headed back to Canton South next year for another Torrence.
As a junior, Devon Torrence had 99 tackles and a 90-yard interception return on defense and scored 14 touchdowns and rushed for 639 yards on offense.