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Fresno (Calif.) Central leading receiver Jacob Torrez focused on upcoming season, hoping for first scholarship offer

Fresno (Calif.) Central leading receiver Jacob Torrez focused on upcoming season, hoping for first scholarship offer

Fresno (Calif.) Central receiver Jacob Torrez led the Grizzlies in receiving last season, but has yet to catch up to the scholarship offers of his teammates.

Fresno (Calif.) Central East is known for producing Division I football talent. It’s sent players to Oklahoma, California, Oregon, Notre Dame, UCLA, Utah, Arizona State and Arizona in the past seven years, alone. Yet, this year, the Grizzlies’ top receiver — 2018 prospect Jacob Torrez, who posted a 16.8 yards per catch average last season — has yet to earn his first scholarship offer.

Fellow Central standouts Jacob Hollins (Dixie State offer), Jevon Bigelow (UNLV offer) and Trent Tompkins (Nevada offer) are all on the national radar, but not the 5-foot-9, 160-pound Torrez.

“Entering my senior year with no offers is merely just motivation to make a statement with my senior season,” Torrez told Scout. “I’ve put it upon myself to work twice as hard as the next guy because that’s simply what I have to do, being overlooked for my size. I just have to continue to put in the work and remain patient and it will all fall in God’s hands.”

He immediately won over Tompkins the moment they became football teammates. Last season, Tompkins turned to Torrez as a release valve while under duress, or when the Torrez created space between himself and his defender out of the slot, leading to the short catch-and-run that turned into a…

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