Richards 2017 DB Torrey Nalls has 2 D2 offers and an NAIA offer. We talked his upcoming visits, his greatest strengths and other schools he’s kept in touch with.
You can find Torrey on Twitter @4_torrey.
Oak Lawn, IL
Wt: 185 lbs
Commitment status: Undecided
LPI: You guys finished the season well at 7-3, but lost against a good St. Laurence team in the 6A playoffs. Now that your season is over, what are you going to do to take your game to the next level?
TN: This offseason will be very important for me to get myself prepared to play college football at a competitive level. I plan on getting back in the gym at EFT in Highland Park to work on speed, agility and strength with trainers Kerry Neal, Landon Cox and Pete Houlihan.
LPI: You’re sitting on offers from D2 Minnesota State-Mankato and Missouri Southern State as well as NAIA Robert Morris. What are your greatest strengths or what can you bring to the table for a college football program?
TN: I believe I have good size and strength and I’m very physical for a corner. I bring discipline, commitment and versatility to the table for whatever college I decide to attend. I can play corner, move to safety or even be brought up to the box with linebackers as a nickelback.
LPI: Besides the schools that have offered you, which schools have you kept in contact with the most? Or which schools have shown interest in you?
TN: University of Indianapolis, Saginaw Valley State, Lindenwood University-Belleville, Winona State and Davenport University. These are all schools that have talented programs, great learning environments and sports facilities I can see myself in.
LPI: Where have you visited most recently and do you have any planned visits coming up?
TN: I’ve visited UIndy early during their season and really enjoyed being on their campus so I plan on going back sometime in December. I plan on visiting Minnesota State very soon, I’ve heard nothing but positive things from players who have already committed and visited the campus. Saginaw Valley State is a campus I can’t wait to get on. They play in a really tough conference, have really nice facilities and have one of the best defensive backs in the country in Matt Mckoy.
LPI: On or off the field, how do you demonstrate leadership?
TN: On the field, I led by example by making my teammates compete at a higher level at practice and taking responsibility. It’s important to be a role model for the underclassmen that will eventually be in your spot. Off the field, I am very trustworthy and respectful student athlete, which I believe are necessary traits to have in life.
LPI: Who are some of your teammates that you believe have a chance to play at the next level, but may be getting overlooked by college coaches?
TN: Senior wide receiver Nathan Gimza has tremendous size and athletic ability. He’s shown a college work ethic to improve himself over the season and has the skill to play at the next level. Running back Pat Doyle, a three year starter, has shown college explosiveness, speed and heart. He’s been a big part of our offense for the past three years. Senior linebacker Anthony Quinn, another three year starter, was named all state this year and was a major key to our defense. Quinn is like having another coach on the field, as he’s a great football player, leader and student athlete. Any college would be lucky to have him.