TE Anthony Torres talks flip from Iowa to WMU

Over the summer, Anthony Torres decided to commit to Iowa over Western Michigan (and a long list of other schools that had offered the well-regarded tight end). But as time went on, he had the sense that Iowa actually wasn’t the best fit for him. So, on December 7, Torres gave WMU tight ends coach Bill Kenney a call.

“I was just hoping to see if they still had a spot open and if they wanted me,” Torres told MAC Prospectus. “If one of those things didn’t work out, then the whole committment and everything wouldn’t have worked out at all.

“It was just kind of a fit aspect for me. Iowa just wasn’t the best situation for myself, so I decommitted. Western was one of my top schools before I committed so I reached back out to them. … That’s the school I knew I wanted to go as soon as I decommitted, but I just wasn’t sure what their situation was. Thankfully, it all worked out.”

Torres is a consensus three-star prospect from Mishawaka, Ind. and played his high school ball at Penn High School, which has been the Class 6A state runners-up in the 2017 and 2015 seasons with 12 wins in each of the last five years.

Torres is listed at 6-foot-6 and weighs around 235 pounds.

WMU has been able to recruit well in northern Indiana in recent years, and Torres is right in their wheelhouse. When making his visits to WMU, Torres said he connected with guys like Justin Tranquill, Mohamed Elazazy and Brett Borske.

“One thing that I noticed is just that whole team, in general, has a really strong brotherhood and they all are friends where you get to see some other teams where everybody knows everybody, but there are cliques that form,” Torres said. “Whereas Western, I felt like everybody was friends with everybody and it felt like one big family.”

For Torres, everything has been hectic and stressful, especially as of recent. After WMU coaches Tim Lester, Lou Esposito and Kenney came to Torres’ house for a visit on Friday morning, the tight end tweeted out his confirmation that he’ll be taking advantage of the early signing period, which begins on Dec. 20 and runs through Dec. 22.

“[I]t gives you that sense of comfort. Just knowing that you’re binding in with the school and nothing can happen to you. Also, you’re already sure who you’re going to be teammates with and who’s in your class,” Torres said.

“Just the fact that the whole recruiting process is basically ended is just really nice. Although it’s a really cool experience, it also can be very stressful, so it’s just going to be nice to get the weight of that off my shoulders.”

Click here to view Torres’ highlights.


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