El Dorado (Kan.) Butler Community College running back Ryan Torain, the No. 27 junior college prospect in the 2006 class nationally, has committed to Arizona State over scholarship offers from Louisville and TCU, Torain informed ASUDevils.com Tuesday evening.
"I took a visit to TCU just to compare that to my Arizona State visit and after that I just knew that Arizona State was the place I wanted to be at," Torain said.
"Coach (Bill) Miller is the one who recruited me for Arizona State but I guess he wasn't able to come here yesterday so Coach (Tom) Nordquist came instead and I told him that I was ready to give them my commitment.
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"It feels good to have it all taken care of. After I visited ASU I just felt really strong about it and I know that it'll be a good school for me to go to. I like the players there and the coaches and I feel like I'll be able to compete for playing time right away too."
Torain, a 6-foot-0, 205-pounder who runs the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds, is well put together and known for his game-breaking speed and athleticism. He was considered the "lightning" to teammate and fellow elite recruit Kenny Wilson's "thunder" in the Grizzlies two-headed rushing attack.
Splitting carries for the 9-2 Grizzlies, Torain rushed for 795 yards (6.8 yards-per-carry) and 12 touchdowns as a senior and was named to the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference second-team. He is expected to graduate in the spring and have three years to play two seasons.
Torain is the eighth solid pledge for the Sun Devils in the 2006 class, as confirmed by the prospects with ASUDevils.com.