Salpointe TE Fernando Torres commits to St. Olaf

Salpointe’s senior tight end Fernando Torres became the 19th local Class of 2021 prospect to make a commitment to a college, announcing tonight that he will play at St. Olaf, an NCAA Division III program in Northfield, Minn.

St. Olaf was the first program to offer a scholarship to Torres, a 6-foot-2 and 225-pound target for Treyson Bourguet last season.

“I’d say that you can tell a lot about a place the first time you’re there, when you leave you begin to take in what you witness and develop an opinion on that place,” Torres said about his recent visit to St. Olaf. “It just felt right. It may seem kind of vague but it was really both a gut and heart feeling.

“From the conversations with the recruiting coordinator, coach Joe Troche, since last March up until this day and even on the visit, what he had explained to me about St. Olaf through text was really true in real life.”

Fernando Torres

During his visit, Torres also talked with St. Olaf coach James Kilian.

“It really gave both of us a great sense of who I am and what St. Olaf is all about,” Torres said. “These factors really drove my decision, I understand that football does not last forever, so I needed to consider how well St. Olaf could set me up for life after college.

“Based on how many resources are provided by the school for strictly post-graduation, from the strong connections between alumni, the campus was quite breath-taking and different.”

Torres added, “It’s a whole new world for a kid from South Tucson.”

“Honestly, it just felt the best to find a place that I will be calling home and it means a whole lot to me because I know how proud my father would be knowing I am going to college to study and play football.”

In a tweet announcing his commitment, Torres wrote of his late dad, “Happy Late Birthday Apa! I know you’re smiling down knowing I am living through and for you!”

Torres is the 76th local Class of 2021 player to be offered a scholarship.

Here is a list of the 19 local players who have committed or signed:


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