Amherst High incoming senior athlete Taj-Amir Torres verbally committed to Boston College today, he announced on his Twitter account.
The 5-foot-10, 175-pound athlete has been a hot commodity on the recruiting scene for a while, picking up offers from BC, UConn and UMass last summer after an explosive campaign on both the gridiron and track. In the spring of 2013, his sophomore year, he was named Massachusetts' Gatorade Player of the Year for track and field after winning state and New England championships in the 100-meter dash, taking the latter with a time of 10.73. One week after his New England victory, he placed ninth at New Balance Nationals in the 100.
Torres came into the fall with some substantial hype. The Hurricanes fell flat in 2013, going 1-10, but Torres held his own, catching 35 passes for 503 yards and eight scores as well as 603 return yards. Defensively, he recorded 40 tackles, two interceptions and three forced fumbles.
Blessed with a rare blend of speed, Torres has timed his fastest 40-yard dash in the 4.3 second range.
Torres is the seventh in-state commitment for the Eagles' 2015 recruiting class, and third in three days, joining St. John's of Shrewsbury safety Davon Jones and Lawrence Academy tight end Chris Garrison. Back in the spring, BC got four in-state commitments in a span of 25 days, starting with Shepherd Hill lineman Chris Lindstrom and following up with pledges from Everett cornerback Lukas Denis, Brockton lineman Aaron Monteiro and St. John's Prep tight end Jake Burt.
Below is Torres' highlight film from last fall on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball: