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Overlooked out of high school, motivated Coast running back commits to D1 program

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College running back Deandre Torrey, right, has committed to North Texas.
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College running back Deandre Torrey, right, has committed to North Texas. JUCOWeekly.org

Overlooked out of Gautier High in part because of his perceived lack of size, Deandre Torrey proved his doubters wrong and now he’s moving on.

After a standout season at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Torrey is headed to the next level. The former Gator announced Thursday afternoon that he has verbally committed to North Texas.

“First off I want to thank gulf coast for everything they’ve done for me. I was able to attend one of the best junior colleges in the country with one of the best coaching staffs! But I will not be returning for a second season” Torrey tweeted. “After talking to my family and countless hours of prayer I have decided to further my career at the University of North Texas.

“I thank everyone who has helped me along the way and pray that you stay with me through it all! #Trust the process”

Torrey was one of the nation’s leading rushers as a freshman at Gulf Coast, running for 1,298 yards and 12 touchdowns on 185 carries.

Torrey previously told the Sun Herald he held offers from Central Arkansas, Troy, South Alabama and Jacksonville State, with Houston showing interest as well after his standout season.

“I guess my work on the field was undeniable,” the 5-foot-10, 190-pound Torrey said. “A lot of the coaches said they love my film and maybe I was overlooked in high school because I was small.

“They’ve seen me prove myself on the next level so now they’re willing to give me a chance.”

Torrey visited North Texas on Dec. 8 and can make his commitment official on Dec. 20, which is the start of the early signing period.

The Mean Green is coming off a 9-4 regular season and will play Troy on Saturday in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl.

North Texas’ leading rusher, senior Jeffery Wilson, totaled 1,215 yards and 16 touchdowns this season. Redshirt freshman Nic Smith was second on the team with 665 yards and six scores.

The only Mississippian currently on North Texas’ roster is junior defensive back Kemon Hall, who played at Calhoun City and Itawamba Community College. According to Rivals.com, Holmes Community College linebacker is also committed to North Texas.

As of right now Torrey is the only running back in the 2018 signing class.

Torrey was previously planning to visit South Alabama this weekend but after committing Thursday he told the Sun Herald he has canceled his trip to Mobile.

Patrick Ochs: 228-896-2321, @PatrickOchs