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Amherst’s Taj-Amir Torres verbally commits to Boston College

  • Taj-Amir Torres, center, takes a handoff from Jamie Carey during the first day of Amherst football practice Monday at the school.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Taj-Amir Torres, center, takes a handoff from Jamie Carey during the first day of Amherst football practice Monday at the school.
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  • Taj-Amir Torres of Amherst Regional prepares to catch during the first day of practice Aug. 19 at the school.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Taj-Amir Torres of Amherst Regional prepares to catch during the first day of practice Aug. 19 at the school.
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  • Taj-Amir Torres, center, takes a handoff from Jamie Carey during the first day of Amherst football practice Monday at the school.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Taj-Amir Torres of Amherst Regional prepares to catch during the first day of practice Aug. 19 at the school.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

As one of the most talented athletes to come along in Hampshire County in some time, Taj-Amir Torres has turned a lot of heads on the gridiron and on the track.

Now the Amherst Regional senior will have an opportunity to see how his skills translate to major college football.

Torres announced Thursday afternoon on Twitter that he’s verbally committed to play at Division I Boston College starting in 2015.

He wrote, “I’m so thankful for the opportunities God, my mother have given me and Boston College. It only takes one school. #TrulyBlessed. #D1bound.”

UMass and UConn were among other programs that showed interest.

Arguably the fastest high school athlete in New England, Torres has been timed at 4.3 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He’s the two-time outdoor track state champion in the 100, and during last winter’s indoor season won the New England title in the 55.

His pure speed and versatility clearly appealed to the Eagles. Last season, Torres lined up at wide receiver, slot receiver, running back and even took some snaps at quarterback.

On 35 receptions, he posted 503 receiving yards for a 14.4-yard average and scored eight touchdowns. He also accounted for 200 rushing yards on 30 carries (6.7 avg.) and 112 yards through the air.

He’s extremely dangerous returning kicks (603 return yards in 2013) and is also an effective defensive back.

Despite the ball being thrown at the receiver he was covering only three times all season, Torres still had two interceptions, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 40 tackles.

With still another season to play for Amherst Regional and Coach David Thompson, who’s also Torres’ track coach, the Hurricanes will be looking to improve on their 1-10 record.

Michael Wilkinson can be reached at mwilkinson@gazettenet.com.

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