In the May edition of Ohio High magazine, we counted down the top 112 prospects in Ohio high school football for the Class of 2008. These are players who will be seniors in the upcoming school year.
We continue the top-10 countdown today with No. 2, Massillon Washington LB/RB Devoe Torrence.
We will provide an updated top 30 in the July issue, which is due out by July 1.
Then, we will have a completely revamped top 100 (or top 112 if warranted) with bios, summer camp performances, offers, verbals and more in the September issue, which is due out by Sept. 1.
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Here is a look at No. 2, DeVoe Torrence:
2. ***** DeVoe Torrence (6-2, 215, LB/RB; Massillon Washington)
Every year there are several names that end up at the top of this list who could have been No. 1. Last year it was Ben Martin, but I also considered Eugene Clifford. Never have I had a tougher time, or thought about it longer, than I did this year with Adams and DeVoe Torrence.
We talk about players being the best player on the field. DeVoe Torrence was that in every game despite the presence of his older brother Devon, an Ohio State recruit. Devon took it to another level. Torrence was the best player on the field at every position he played. He was always the best linebacker but also played running back and wide receiver. He even played a little quarterback.
I don’t see Torrence as a wide receiver in college but there is a lot to like about him as a running back.
As a junior at Canton South, he rushed for nearly 1,000 yards despite splitting time between running back, wide receiver and quarterback.
Despite splitting positions, DeVoe Torrence is the best back in Ohio. There is no question he is the best linebacker. He had over 130 tackles and six sacks as a junior, leading Canton South to an 8-4 mark and a Division III playoff berth. He has been clocked at 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash.
He stands 8-10 yards off the ball and still makes plays in the backfield. He has such instincts and has that motor that is so important to defensive players. He plays the middle in high school but is too good a football player to be a middle linebacker in college. I would put him on the weak side and let him make plays.
Torrence got it over with making a surprise verbal to Ohio State in March. He will join his older brother, Devon Torrence, who signed with the Buckeyes this past February. DeVoe Torrence also made the move from Canton South to Massillon Washington this spring.
Here is a look at the previous installments in this series:
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