West Coast RB Has Duke Offer

One of the best student athletes in the country has a Duke offer.

California running back Toby Gerhart's father, Todd, says the 6-foot, 217 pounder favors Stanford slightly over UCLA, Mississippi and Duke. All have offered. Mr. Gerhart, who is also Toby's coach at Norco High School, said, "Toby is a power guy with balance, speed and vision. He's your big, single-backfield type who'll probably end up playing at 220-225 pounds. He could improve his open field shake-and-bake if you know what I mean.

"These schools which have offered Toby have all said that he can play baseball (outfielder) too. He's going to definitely play both sports. I couldn't really tell you which sport he's better in. He doesn't have any offers just for baseball, but California-Irvine seems like they will offer.

"Toby has already taken about 36 junior college credits so far," said Mr. Gerhart. "He's first in his class out of 687 students and has a 4.6 GPA with advanced placement classes and he scored an 1810 (out of 2400) on his SAT test. Stanford told him they thought that would be good enough. He'd like to be able to get his masters degree while he's still on scholarship.

"He doesn't want to commit until the end of the summer, but he definitely will decide before the season starts. He'll be taking a look at and taking trips to Mississippi, Duke and possibly Kansas and Notre Dame over the summer. He'll probably also go see Stanford and UCLA. He went to UCLA's JR Day and will go to Stanford's on May 22 or 23. Toby's looking at the SEC and Big 12 schools because they run the ball a lot."

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