The Iowa football coaching staff received great news on Wednesday when TE Anthony Torres announced his commitment to the Hawkeye program. Torres is a consensus 3* recruit from Bradenton, FL. He’s the Hawkeyes 11th verbal commitment in the 2018 class. He plays high school ball for IMG Academy. He is a big TE. He’s already listed at 6’6 230 pounds, and he’s solid. It will be interesting to see what Chris Doyle can do with a young man who has that kind of frame.
Torres announced his commitment via Twitter:
— Anthony Torres (@a_torres1299) July 12, 2017
We had the chance to catch up with Anthony and ask him a few questions after his recent commitment. Take a minute to check out our interview below:
First and foremost, congrats on the commitment. What was it about Iowa that ultimately convinced you to commit?
Ultimately, it came down to the coaches. Iowa has incredible facilities, an amazing fan base, is in the Big 10, has a great campus, etc, but the coaches/people at Iowa definitely separated themselves from the rest.
What other schools were in the mix for you? What made Iowa stand out above the rest?
From who had offered, I was looking at Iowa, UCF, Cincinnati, Toledo, and Western Michigan. It was basically narrowed down between Iowa and UCF. I really felt at home when I went to Iowa and I felt a strong bond between Coach Woods and I.
What did the Iowa coaches like about your play?
First of all, they liked how coach-able I was. They said at camp I improved from rep to rep. They also like my versatility as a blocker and as a receiver. They said they’ll be able to move me around. They also like my size and see me as a true tight end
On the flip side, have they told you anything in particular that they’d like you to work on between now and when you arrive in Iowa City?
Like any recruit, they want to work on my strength and speed. The Big 10 is no joke and physically, I’m just not there yet. Being an early enrollee will definitely help with that. I will also have to work on learning the schemes and recognizing coverages. Of course there is a lot of room for improvement in every aspect of my game, but those are just a couple of things the coaches had pointed out to me.
As a TE, do you prefer blocking or running routes and catching passes? We all know you have to do both, especially at Iowa, but what do you like the most?
Personally, I love running routes and catching passes. I’ve been working a lot with my trainer Dre Muhammad on becoming a more effective receiver and I just love the “craft” there is to it. You can be creative in route running. I’ve always loves catching passes and just love having the ball in my hands. Although that is what I like most, I have really come to appreciate and really like blocking. I love banging in the trenches and throwing play breaking blocks on the outside.
Have you played any other sports besides football? Anything else that you excel at?
I used to play baseball and basketball. I was pretty good at both, but as I got older, I wanted to focus on football. I still throw the baseball around and play basketball a lot with my friends, but I’m not apart of any organizations
Academically, what are you going to study? Do you know what you’d like to do once your football career comes to an end?
I know I want to study something in business. I just have to find what fits me best and what I am most passionate about. I’m not sure what I want to do after football but I would like to work with athletes in one way or another.
On a lighter note, what do you want Hawk fans to know about you?
First of all, I’m more than excited to be apart of the Hawkeye family. I want them to know that I’m willing to do whatever I can in the community to help out and be supportive of them and others!